Daunte Wright BLM New York City Protesters Block Streets

Black Lives Matter held demonstrations in New York City on Monday to protest the police killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in Minnesota the day before, Fox News reports.

A video posted on Twitter shows around 150 demonstrators marching near Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza while chanting, “Daunte Wright. ”

The march was reported to have been organized by Riders4Rights, a group that identifies itself as a Brooklyn-based abolitionist group.

Another group assembled in Washington Square Park, chanting, “Say his name! Daunte Wright.”

Marchers shut down a portion of the Manhattan Bridge and the New York Police Department advised people to avoid the bridge’s upper-level “due to ongoing police presence and traffic delays.”

According to reports, the police officer who fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s police chief said Monday.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting death Sunday as “an accidental discharge.” The police were intending to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant.

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Photo: SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 12: A display of candles and flowers spells the name of Daunte Wright at a protest over his death on April 12, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Wright, a Black man whose car was stopped in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday reportedly for an expired registration, and not far from where George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis last May, was shot and killed by an officer who police say mistook her service revolver for a Taser. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)