High-ranking Congress member Maxine Waters called for an overhaul of policing in the United States as she joined the seventh consecutive night of protests in a Minneapolis suburb over the death of Daunte Wright, a youngshot dead by a white policewoman. The 20-year-old was killed during what should have been a routine traffic stop, and fresh protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
In Minnesota, Representative Maxine Waters joins demonstrators in a protest outside the Brooklyn Center police station on 17 April 2021. “Policing has to be changed,” Ms. Waters, chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, said Saturday before the 11 pm curfew. “We’ve got to reimagine how we can deal with the problems of our society, that young person and people of color, in particular, getting killed by police that we pay to protect and serve us.”
Ms. Waters, a Democrat from California, spoke to a crowd of nearly 300on April 17ion.
Protesters have gathered every night since the killing of Mr. Wright in a neighborhood about 16 kilometers north of Minneapolis.
Unlike Friday night, when police in riot gear moved to disperse what was declared an unlawful demonstration and arrested at least 100 people – including somepeaceful.
Protesters stood alongside the chain-link fence around the police station, chanting “Shut It Down” and waving “Black Lives Matter” flags, but did not appear to try to breach the barrier.
“I’m here because we are tired of police brutality. We are tired of seeinglose their lives for no reason,” protester Joel Reeves told AFP.
Mr. Wright wasin his car after police veteran Kim Potter mistook her Taser for a gun during a traffic stop caught on bodycam.
Ms. Potter wasup to 10 years in jail if convicted.
Tensions are running high in Minneapolis.
The previous evening, journalists covering the protest said police impeded their work and used pepper spray against some media members who hadthemselves as such.
The alleged mistreatment came despite a temporarysigned earlier on Friday by US District Judge Wilhelmina Wright prohibiting the police from arresting journalists or targeting them with flash-bang grenades, non-lethal projectiles, riot batons, and chemical agents, including pepper spray.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he had held a meeting Saturday with journalists and law enforcement officers.
“A free preApril 17undational to our democracy,” he tweeted.
“I convened a meeting today withenforcement to determine a better path forward to protect the journalists covering civil unrest. Tensions are running exceptionally high in Minneapolis, with closing arguments expected Monday in the closely watched , the white former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, a black man, in the city last year. Since then, fresh examples of police killings have stoked more anger and protests, including Mr. Wright’s not far from the courtroom.