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Fatal police shooting in traffic stop outside Minneapolis sparks protests, looting

The incident occurred outside of Minneapolis where on Monday the third week of the George Floyd trial begins.

Updated: April 12, 2021 - 8:16am

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A police shooting in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday night sparked overnight protests and demonstrations, resulting in officers using teargas to disperse the crowds. 

The family of Daunte Wright said the 20-year-old was shot by police, got back into his car, drove away, then crashed several blocks away, according to the Associated Press.

Demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, on the northwest border of Minneapolis, broke into stores and attacked police officers after the incident, as the third week of the George Floyd trial begins Monday.

Brooklyn Center police said in a statement that officers stopped a motorist shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. They tried to arrest the driver after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, The driver reentered the vehicle and an officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle, the wire service also reports.

Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is on trial on murder and manslaughter charges in connection with May 25, 2020, death of Floyd, who died while police custody after an arrest. 

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