Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center turned to community groups, paying them to keep peace during protests

BY: - May 19, 2021

On his first day on the job as acting city manager for Brooklyn Center, Reggie Edwards knew he needed help. He took over two days into protests that threatened to devolve into riots over the April 11 police shooting death of Daunte Wright.  “We knew we could not do this without community,” he said. During […]

Lesions and trauma: Some Brooklyn Center residents still affected by tear gas

BY: - May 17, 2021

When Gino Fiebelkorn woke up on Thursday morning April 15, he knew that something was seriously wrong. A lesion that he had first noticed on his body the day before had grown substantially bigger.  “It started on Wednesday, but it was so subtle I didn’t know what it was,” Fiebelkorn said. “The day after, the […]

Corrections officer under investigation after Stillwater incident with Black protestors

BY: - April 26, 2021

A 26-year-veteran of the Minnesota Department of Corrections is on leave after a Sunday incident in which his wife used the N-word at protesters gathered in Stillwater.  Activists — many of them Black Minnesotans — had gathered at the Stillwater home of Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, the prosecutor handling the case of former Brooklyn […]

About that church photo

BY: - April 22, 2021

The photo shows a church in Brooklyn Center that appears to be surrounded by a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Minnesota State Patrol stormtrooper operation. Dozens of officers wearing helmets, fluorescent yellow shirts, protective vests, maroon pants and knee pads, lined up in formation, batons in hand and zip ties at the ready, with a church in the […]

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Stop the car stops | Column

BY: - April 19, 2021

Daunte Wright told his mother he was getting pulled over because he had an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. The Brooklyn Center police say it was due to expired license tabs.  The truth is it hardly matters: If police want to pull you over, they can pull you over.  State Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, […]

Federal judge orders Minnesota state troopers to not arrest journalists covering protests

BY: - April 16, 2021

A Minnesota federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists or ordering them to disperse while covering protests. The ruling does not apply to local law enforcement or the National Guard, however.  Indeed, amid another night of protests in Brooklyn Center, journalists reported being detained […]

More clashes, fewer arrests on 4th night of protests in Brooklyn Center

BY: - April 15, 2021

Hundreds of demonstrators crowded in front of the Brooklyn Center police station on Wednesday in a fourth night of protests of the police shooting and killing Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday. Hours after second-degree manslaughter charges were brought against former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, clashes between demonstrators and police started […]

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You. Are. Not. Welcome. Here. Being Black in Minnesota | Essay

BY: - April 15, 2021

For years my daughter took dance classes at the corner of Snelling and Larpenteur in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, kitty-corner from the state fairgrounds. The dance school she attended was behind a fairly nondescript strip mall with a spectacular Chinese restaurant, a pizza place, a cell phone store, a locksmith, a liquor store. You had to […]

Brooklyn Center officer who killed Daunte Wright resigns

BY: - April 13, 2021

Kim Potter, who shot and killed an unarmed Black man Sunday during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, has resigned from the northern suburb’s police department, according to Law Enforcement Labor Services, a 6,400-member Minnesota police labor union. Daunte Wright, 20, was father to a young son, Daunte Jr. The union released Potter’s resignation letter, […]

Brooklyn Center police chief: Killing of Daunte Wright result of ‘accidental discharge’

BY: and - April 12, 2021

Brooklyn Center officials including Police Chief Tim Gannon appeared at a mid-day news conference Monday, revealing the Sunday police killing of Daunte Wright was due to an “accidental discharge” of an officer’s service weapon. The officer thought she was using her Taser but used her firearm instead, striking and killing Wright with one shot, Gannon […]