Police State/Civil Liberties

Officer Near Minneapolis Kills Motorist, and a Crowd Confronts the Police

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and New York Times

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A police officer in Minnesota fatally shot a motorist on Sunday in the city of Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles north of Minneapolis where a police officer is on trial and charged with murdering George Floyd last year, the authorities and witnesses said.

By late Sunday, police officers in body armor and helmets formed a protective line around the Brooklyn Center Police Department Headquarters, as a large crowd of protesters gathered. Just before 10 p.m. the police declared the gathering unlawful, ordered people to disperse, and appeared to have released a gas irritant and other devices in an attempt to disperse them.

The scene had been largely nonviolent, though hours earlier, a crowd that gathered near the scene where the driver died included some people who jumped on police vehicles and broke their windows, according to video posted on Facebook. People chanted “Black Lives They Matter Here,” and “Hands up, don’t shoot,” outside the police building as the police released gas to disperse the crowd.


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