A tear gas canister explodes outside the Brooklyn Center police station in Minnesota amid protests over the murder of Daunte Wright by a police officer.
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The agent who fatally shot Daunte Wright in the middle of a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, fled her residence out of fear that protesters in Minneapolis would corner her at her home.
According to national media reports, the address of Kimberly Potter’s home was leaked into cyberspace and the woman fled before protesters arrived at the home amid violent protests in the area.
A police source told the Daily Mail that authorities have taken steps to secure housing amid protests that have spread to Portland, where vandals burned down the police union building.
Potter, who has two adult children, left the Champlin suburb yesterday with her husband, a former Fridley police officer.
The authorities erected barricades to prevent protesters from attacking the residence.
Potter, who resigned from his position in the police, was identified as the agent who shot Wright, 20, in the chest, allegedly mistaking his firearm for the taser pistol.
The fatal shot that appears in videos of the body cameras of the agents occurred this Sunday in the middle of a traffic control.
Hundreds of people turned out last night for the third consecutive time to the protests called in the wake of Wright’s murder.
The mobilization on Tuesday began peacefully, but in a few minutes chaos broke out near the Brooklyn Center police station.
Officers used pepper spray and fired smoke bombs at protesters, who responded with water bottles and other projectiles at officers wearing riot gear.
According to the Efe news agency report, protesters were also seen climbing a fence near police facilities, holding a banner that read “Justice for Daunte Wright.” Members of the National Guard were deployed to the area.
After the curfew entered into force, at 11 pm, many of the protesters withdrew, while officers protected the police station facilities.
Former agent faces criminal charges for murder of Daunte Wright
Washington County Prosecutor Pete Orput told CNN that he hopes to process the indictment on Wednesday against the former Brooklyn Center police officer for the shooting that culminated in the young man’s death. Apart from Potter, the local police chief, Tim Gannon, resigned.
Wright’s murder was reported 10 miles from the scene where a white officer killed George Floyd in the middle of a traffic stop last May. The trial against former police officer Derek Chauvin continues in a Minneapolis court.
Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020 when four officers tried to arrest him for using a counterfeit bill to pay at a store. During his arrest, Chauvin pinned him to the ground by pressing his knee against his neck for about eight minutes until he stopped breathing.
The defendant faces charges of murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and murder in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years in prison.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.