After a stormy week of police violence, protests erupted in several American cities on Friday, sometimes becoming tense.
Following the murder of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old who was shot dead by police after being arrested, and unarmed 13-year-old Adam Toledo, thousands took to the streets to demonstrate, sometimes at night .
In Chicago, where Adam was killed, thousands marched through Logan Square after the video of the 13-year-old shot with arms raised was posted this week. Protesters planned to march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home, with some calling for his resignation.
The event proceeded to a large extent peaceful, although some police and protesters scuffled at the end of the night.
In Minnesota, the protests continued their sixth night of protests at the Brooklyn Center, where Wright was killed, as neighboring Minneapolis also braced for protests during Derek Chauvin’s trial over the death of George Floyd last year.
Police arrested around 100 people at the Brooklyn Center on Friday after claiming the protests turned into an illegal gathering when the fence around a police building was momentarily breached. The city has also issued a last minute curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Earlier in the evening, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the Minnesota State Patrol could not arrest, threaten or target reporters after an ACLU complaint that law enforcement was unfairly cracking down on reporters. working journalists.
Meanwhile, a protest that began peacefully in California ended with multiple fires, several damaged cars and many shattered windows.
The protest against police brutality in Oakland began calmly on Friday evening, media reported. A subsequent march attracted around 300 people.
People in the crowd threw bottles and other items at officers during the march, Oakland Police said in a statement. A policeman was injured in the head. A member of the community was also assaulted, police said.
But later, authorities declared the gathering illegal and ordered the protesters to leave. Police said the protesters dispersed peacefully. There were no arrests or citations issued.
In Portland, Oregon, police declared a riot on Friday night after protests that followed police gunning down a local man as they responded to reports of a person with a gun.
Some witnesses said the man was mentally ill, but Portland’s new Street Response Team – formed after last year’s protests to respond to mental crises without armed police – was not called.
Chris Davis, deputy chief of police, told reporters earlier today that a white man in his 30s was shot dead by police, who opened fire with a gun and weapons which fired non-lethal projectiles. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of Lents Park, which is in a leafy residential area of the city.
Two officers fired a 40mm device that fires non-lethal projectiles, and one officer – an eight-year veteran – fired a gun, police said in a statement. The officer is on paid administrative leave and his name will be released on Saturday, authorities said.
As investigators scanned the scene and documented evidence, nearly 100 meters (91 meters) away, a crowd of more than 150 people – many dressed in black and some wearing helmets, goggles and gas masks – turned up. gathered behind the crime scene tape, chanting and screaming. to the officers standing in front of them.
As police began to complete the scene at around 3 p.m., crowds marched through the park, tore off police tape, and came face to face with officers dressed in riot gear. . Police left the park around 3:30 p.m., and the crowd stayed and eventually stood in a nearby intersection, blocking traffic and singing.
Police said later on Friday that they used pepper spray on protesters in order to disengage. Some people hit officers with sticks and chased them as they left, police said in a press release. Officers deployed smoke cartridges and then used a rubber bullet distraction device, police said.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has denounced what he described as a segment of violent agitators who undermine the message of police accountability and should be subject to tougher penalties.
“We had to summon just about every police officer in Multnomah County to pull this group away enough to keep what we call in our company the integrity of the scene, so that no one who shouldn’t be in there comes in.” . over there, ”Davis said, adding that deputies with the county sheriff’s office were also helping.