At least 60 protesters were arrested in Minnesota as around 1,000 people took to the streets for the third straight night after Daunte Wright was shot dead during a traffic stop, officials announced early Wednesday.
State Patrol Chief Matt Langer said that “upward” of 60 people were arrested for rioting and other criminal behavior during the latest night of mass protest in Brooklyn Center. It followed more than 50 arrests Monday night.
Some protesters also gathered outside the home of Kimberly Potter, the 26-year police veteran who resigned Tuesday for shooting Wright while seemingly thinking she was using her Taser, the Daily Mail reported.
The 48-year-old ex-cop had already fled, and concrete barriers and metal fencing had been erected around her home in Champlin, a town a few miles away from Brooklyn Center, the Wall Street Journal said.
Police officers were also guarding the house of Potter, who prosecutors say could be charged as early as Wednesday over the fatal arrest.
In an early hours press conference, officials displayed bricks, cans, bottles of alcohol and other items that they say were thrown at officers who were backed up by a large presence of Nation Guard troops.
“Unfortunately again some citizens decided to come out and throw bricks and other items at law enforcement,” said Booker Hodges, assistant commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Safety. “This type of activity will not be tolerated,” he warned.
The clashes came as an estimated 800 to 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department HQ, with many rattling a fence that was put up after protests started hours after Wright’s death Sunday, the Star Tribune said.
Some National Guard members were stationed on the roof, and others fired riot gas, projectiles and flash-bangs as they moved through the mob, the paper said.
A local resident stuck her head out of her window and screamed that tear gas was wafting through her home with kids inside, the paper said.
Video captured by Fox 9 also showed a huge fire burning in the street. Unlike the previous two nights, there were no reports of widespread looting, however.
A neighbor of Potter’s told the WSJ that the situation has left the community on edge.
“We’re stressed, we’re nervous. I’ve been told some of the neighbors have left,” she said, adding that many feel for the officer. “It was a horrible situation. We also feel bad for Mr. Wright’s family.”