Grieving Black families present united front in Minneapolis

Grieving Black families present united front in Minneapolis

Wright's death prompted protests in other US cities, including in Portland, Oregon, where police said a demonstration turned into a riot Monday night, with some in the crowd throwing rocks and other projectiles at officers. Wright was shot by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the city's police force and the president of the police union.

The chief of police in Brooklyn Center - the suburb where the shooting occurred - said that the officer who killed Wright had accidentally used her handgun instead of her Taser after he refused to go into custody.

Mr Gannon had said he believed the officer mistakenly grabbed her gun when she was going for her Taser.

They stood together under the light April snow outside the Hennepin County Courthouse, where inside, the trial of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces three counts in Floyd's death, is nearing its closing arguments.

There are disturbing images in this report.

Surrounded by relatives, Chyna Whitaker, the mother of Wright's one-year-old son, and Wright's own mother Katie Wright spoke emotionally about the last times they spoke with or saw Daunte.

Luann Yerks, 68, a retired white woman who drove across the city to attend the vigil, said: "These deaths have been so traumatic for Minneapolis and of course the Black community".

She then heard "scuffling" and "screaming" from Daunte Wright's girlfriend before officers asked them to end the call, she said.

WATCH | This police body cam video shows the moments before the shooting of Daunte Wright.

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On Wednesday a bus was firebombed and 55 officers were injured as organised groups threw stones, fireworks and petrol bombs. The rioters are mostly young men, in small groups of about 20 or 30 people.

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the medical examiner.

In a statement, Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama called for a thorough investigation into the shooting and for the country to "reimagine policing and public safety" after "yet another shooting of a Black man". "She pointed the phone toward the driver's seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive", Katie Wright said as she wept.

Daunte Wright "was not a threat to them", Crump said.

However, he said that before the Brooklyn Center Police Department fires the officer, it will likely review all evidence, including any other body camera footage and testimony from other officers, so that the dismissal is less vulnerable to any court challenge. She said she kept calling him back, to no avail.

"The question is was it an accident?"

"We hope for change, but realistically our expectations are different", said Butchy Austin, 37, a corporate sales worker who has become a social activist since the killing of Mr Floyd.

"We do know that the anger, pain and trauma amidst the Black community is real", Biden said from the Oval Office.

Demonstrators began to gather shortly after the shooting, with some jumping atop police cars. About 20 businesses were broken into at the city's Shingle Creek shopping centre, authorities said.

The US professional basketball and hockey leagues also postponed Monday games involving Minnesota teams. Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck. The judge in that case refused Monday to sequester the jury after a defence attorney argued that the panel could be influenced by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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