Like swallows to Capistrano, the word must have gone out in the Minneapolis area: free stuff!
A police shooting of a fleeing man prompted those so very concerned with social justice to loot a Foot Locker, T-Mobile, and a Walmart. And the sentences of contrived grief from the usual suspects strangely leave out that Daunte Wright was trying to get away from cops because he had an outstanding warrant. The statements read like the cops decided to take firearms practice at their first public opportunity. Wrong. As will no doubt be everything else you hear that comes out of this latest case.
FNC: “Sunday after an officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop just 10 miles from where Derek Chauvin had George Floyd pinned to the pavement last May. The Minnesota National Guard was activated to quell what devolved into violent demonstrations over the fatal officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright earlier Sunday in the city of Brooklyn Center, located in Hennepin County, on the border of Minneapolis. A citywide curfew was issued by Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott until 6 a.m. CT Monday.
“About 500 people had gathered overnight outside of a police precinct in the city and clashed with officers. Elliott addressed those in the community ‘filled with grief’ in a statement published at 2 a.m. CT stating that the mayor would continue to support ‘peaceful gatherings.’ A news conference is scheduled at Brooklyn Center City Hall at 11 a.m. CT Monday to provide more information, he said.
“In a statement, Brooklyn Center Police said that officers had stopped an individual shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. After determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police tried to arrest him. But the driver reentered the vehicle and drove away, police said. An officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver. Police said the vehicle traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. A female passenger sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. National Guard troops arrived before midnight. The Brooklyn Center Walmart was targeted by looters who also completely destroyed a nearby Foot Locker, T Mobile and a New York men’s clothing store. Looting spilled over into north and south Minneapolis late Sunday into Monday morning as stores in Uptown and along Lake Street were also broken into and emptied.”
“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20 year old young man. Our hearts are with his family, and with all those in our community impacted by this tragedy,” Elliott said in a statement. “While we await additional information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] who is leading the investigation, we continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2021
In a tweet, Elliott said, “We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he was “closely monitoring the situation” and “praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a black man taken by law enforcement.” There it is. No reason given for the incident, no context. Just casting the police as murderers, which incites gullible and programmed people to loot and riot. Thus, Minnesota gets what it deserves when it elects individuals like Walz.