Minnesota National Guard deployed after protests over the death of man following a police shooting during a traffic stop
(CNN) — Hundreds of people protested Sunday night after a Black man in Minnesota was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop.
The shooting happened Sunday in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the killing of another Black man, George Floyd.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz identified the man killed in Sunday’s incident as Daunte Wright.
“Gwen and I are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement,” Walz tweeted.
As news of Wright’s death spread, authorities received reports of some protesters hurling rocks at a Brooklyn Park police building, Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.
More than 500 members of the Minnesota National Guard have been activated, and the Guard said it plans to increase the number of members on duty “in response to the events overnight in Brooklyn Center.”
The Guard had originally been planning to increase the number of members as closing arguments approach in the Chauvin trial.
“We will continue to assist in protecting lives and property and maintaining peace in Minnesota’s community,” the Minnesota National Guard tweeted.