Violent clashes in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota at BLM protests over police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright

VIOLENT clashes broke out in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota at Black Lives Matter protests over the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.

Thousands of people gathered peacefully across America to demonstrate against police yesterday, but as the night went on tensions grew.



Dozens of people were arrested and several injured following clashes between BLM protesters and cops.

Demonstrators gathered in Logan Square Park, Chicago, to demand justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops on March 29.

The protest began at around 6pm, with people marching and shutting down the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey and Kimball around 7.30pm.

Many said they were protesting to demand police reform and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's resignation, claiming the current system does not work.

As the event came to an end at around 10pm, a small group of protesters began clashing 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 running from police around 2.30am on March 29.

Video footage clearly shows the teen putting his hands up before he was shot.



The arrest reports published by Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) indicated that the teen posed an "imminent threat of battery with a weapon" as pressure mounted for the footage to be shown.

The police report said Officer Eric Stillman shot Adam for allegedly not following directions, running, using significant force likely to "cause death or great bodily harm," and being armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice, said: "He put his hands up and was still murdered. So I have a question: what more could he have done?"

Clashes also broke out at Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis where Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead last Sunday.

Almost 1,000 people gathered in front of the police headquarters in the city by 9pm yesterday, the Star Tribune reports.

The protest was peaceful at the beginning, but became tense during the evening with a speaker leaving a message for police officers, saying: "We're going to make their lives miserable every night."



Demonstrators demanded charges for ex-Minnesota cop Kimberly Potter who shot Wright last week.

Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter – but posted $100,000 bond and was released from Hennepin County jail.

The department has maintained that she meant to reach for her Taser and shot Wright with her gun by accident.

Police began deploying flash bangs to scatter the crowd, some of whom shielded themselves with umbrellas, according to reports.

Pepper spray was also used against some protesters after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly.

Around 100 people were arrested yesterday night following the clashes, KSTP reports.

Protesters also gathered in New York City, with some people holding signs with the names ofvictims of the fatal shootings.

Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center and some people were reportedly arrested.



Protests also continued in other cities including Atlanta and Washington DC.

According to the Washington Post, around 175 people rallied at the Black Lives Matter Plaza.

At one point, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, with one even throwing a scooter.

Wright was shot just ten miles from where George Floyd was killed last spring, leading to an outpouring of anger from the community.

During a press conference just hours before the court hearing, Wright's aunt, Naisha, said of Potter's conviction: "If we can have life, we want life. We gotta go life without him."

She also held up a printed photograph of a Taser and a gun, asking "y'all see the difference? This is a Taser, but no my nephew was killed with this -, a Glock."

Speaking on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said she had intended to use a Taser – not a handgun – and described the shooting as an "accidental discharge."

Wright's parents have refused to accept that their son was killed by "mistake."

In a statement on Tuesday, Potter said: "I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately.

"I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately."


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