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. ”
Black Lives Matter protesters marching near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn
— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) April 12, 2021
The march was reported to have been organized by Riders4Rights, a group that identifies itself as a Brooklyn-based abolitionist group.
EDIT: This ride is organized by the great folx at @RBL_NYC. Not R4R.
— Riders4Rights (@riders4rights) April 12, 2021
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) April 12, 2021
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.