As Daunte Wright’s loved ones reflected on a son who will grow up without a father, a peaceful march and protest calling for justice in his death devolved into unrest and, authorities said, at least 100 people were arrested on Friday night.
That led the mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to declare a citywide curfew from 11 p.m. CT on Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
“Please ensure you are getting home in a timely manner before the curfew goes into effect,” Mayor Mike Elliott said.
Police declared a demonstration at the Brooklyn Center Police Department unlawful Friday night, after protesters began shaking barricade fencing near the precinct and hurling objects at officers. Officers could be seen using crowd control measures, including firing rubber bullets.
On the sixth night of protests, after Wright’s family members remembered him, some demonstrators ignored the pleas for peace from community organizers and hurled bottles at officers.
“His dad was a very good person,” Erica Whitaker, the grandmother of Daunte Wright’s son said earlier Friday, calling him an attentive father. “He will have pictures. He will have history. He will have family that tells him about his dad on both sides of family. But he will not have his biological father. And no one can replace his biological father.”
Law enforcement declared the Brooklyn Center demonstration unlawful Friday night, when some in the crowd of about 500 people became disorderly, according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
Protesters have consistently shown up outside the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center since Wright was fatally shot by an officer in a traffic stop Sunday. Calls for justice, spurred on by the memory of Philando Castile and the trial of a former officer in the death of George Floyd just 10 miles away, have at times boiled over into chaos, capturing the anger of the community.