Violent clashes in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota at BLM protests over police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright
In Chicago, NYC and Minnesota, Black Lives Matter protests erupted in violent clashes against the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.
Thousands of people gathered peacefully across America yesterday to demonstrate against the police, but tensions grew as the night wore on.
Police arrest a protester as hundreds of BLM protesters gathered in NYCPhoto credit: Getty
Protesters called for justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by policePhoto credit: Getty
After the fatal shooting in Toledo, protests began across ChicagoImage credit: AP
Dozens of people were arrested and several injured after clashes between BLM protesters and police officers.
Protesters gathered in Logan Square Park in Chicago to seek justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by police on March 29th.
The protest began around 6 p.m. when people marched at the intersection with Milwaukee, Diversey, and Kimball around 7:30 p.m. and blocked the hexagonal intersection.
Many said they were protesting calls for police reform and the resignation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, claiming the current system was not working.
When the event ended at around 10 p.m., a small group of demonstrators clashed with police officers.
Protests began across Chicago after bodycam footage of Toledo’s death was released on Thursday.
Toledo was fatally shot in an alley after escaping police at around 2:30 a.m. on March 29.
Video footage clearly shows the teenager putting his hands up before he was shot.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of OaklandPhoto credit: Getty
Chicago police officers stand near Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home as protesters march through Logan Square during a rallyPhoto credit: Getty
The protests began peacefully, but tensions increased during the nightPhoto credit: Getty
Cops arrested a protester in NYC yesterdayPhoto credit: Getty
A protester holds a sign demanding relief from the Chicago Police DepartmentCredit: Alamy
Arrest reports released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) indicated that the teen posed “imminent danger from a battery with a gun” as pressure increased to display the footage.
Police report said that officer Eric Stillman shot Adam for allegedly failure to follow instructions, ran, used significant force “causing death or serious injury” and was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef of the Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice said, “He raised his hands and was still being murdered. So I have a question: what more could he have done?”
There were also clashes in the Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis, in which the 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot last Sunday.
Almost 1,000 people gathered in front of the city’s police headquarters at 9 p.m. yesterday, the Star Tribune reports.
The protest was peaceful at first but became tense in the evening when a spokesman left a message for the police officers saying, “We will make their lives miserable every night.”
Protesters march through the Logan Square neighborhood of ChicagoPhoto credit: Getty
Protests began across America after the deadly police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte WrightPhoto credit: Getty
Demonstrations broke out after a video of Toledo’s shooting was released on ThursdayPhoto credit: Getty
Protesters called for charges against former Minnesota policewoman Kimberly Potter, who shot Wright last week.
Potter was charged with second degree manslaughter – but wrote $ 100,000 on bail and was released from Hennepin County Jail.
The department has claimed that they reached for her taser and accidentally shot Wright with her gun.
Police reportedly used lightning strikes to disperse the crowd, some of which are reported to be shielding themselves with umbrellas.
Pepper spray was also used against some protesters after the protest was declared illegal.
KSTP reports that around 100 people were arrested last night after the clashes.
Protesters also gathered in New York City. Some people held signs with the names of the victims of the deadly shootings.
Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center and some people were reportedly arrested.
A protester holds up a sign as it is sprayed with pepper spray by police outside the Brooklyn CenterPhoto credit: Getty
Law enforcement officers guard an intersection near the Brooklyn Center Police Department in MinnesotaPhoto credit: Getty
Guardsmen line up near the Brooklyn Center Police DepartmentPhoto credit: Reuters
The protests continued in other cities such as Atlanta and Washington DC.
According to the Washington Post, around 175 people gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza.
Protesters once threw fireworks at police officers, and one even threw a scooter.
Wright was shot just ten miles from the location where George Floyd was killed last spring, causing a wave of anger in the community.
Potter resigned as a cop after the shootingPhoto credit: Minneapolis Police Department
During a press conference hours before the trial, Wright’s aunt Naisha said of Potter’s belief, “If we can have life, we want life. We have to live without him.”
She also held up a printed photo of a taser and gun and asked, “Do you see the difference? This is a taser, but no, it killed my nephew – a Glock.”
On Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said she intended to use a taser – not a pistol – and described the shooting as an “accidental discharge”.
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Wright’s parents refused to accept that their son was killed by “mistake”.
In a statement Tuesday, Potter said, “I am offering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department with immediate effect.
“I loved every minute that I was a police officer and served this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the interests of the community, the department, and my colleagues if I resign immediately.”
Adam Toledo was shot dead by police on March 29thImage credit: AP
People hold pictures of George Floyd and Adam Toledo at a prayer vigil for Daunte Wright in Times SquarePhoto credit: EPA