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Protesters take to the streets of Minneapolis for a third night over Daunte Wright shooting

Protesters clashed with Minneapolis police for a third night in a row Tuesday over the alleged accidental police shooting death of a black man by a veteran female cop. 

Kimberly Potter – who resigned from the force Tuesday – is said to have confused her gun for a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday. 

Her home was barricaded up Tuesday, with officers posted inside, as a group of protesters gathered at the fences. A police source told DailyMail.com they had taken precautions to prevent the home being wrecked. Potter, who has two adult sons, lives at the property with her husband, a former Fridley police officer.

They are all understood to have left the home late last night after the address was posted to social media.  

About 90 minutes before the 10pm local time curfew deadline, police declared protests outside the Brooklyn Center police station to be an unlawful assembly; pepper spray and flash bombs were used by officers in an attempt to disperse the crowd while demonstrators used umbrellas as shields. 

Curfews had been in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove from 10pm local time, KSTP reports.  

Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city. 

Demonstrators began gathering again Tuesday at the city’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch. More than a 1,000 protestors had arrived by early evening. 

A group then marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department. 

Cops declares Minneapolis protests unlawful Tuesday as they clashed with demonstrators outside of a police station

A police officer releases a chemical irritant at a protester on the other side of the fence of the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Protesters clashed with Minneapolis police for a third night in a row Tuesday over the alleged accidental police shooting death of a black man by a veteran female cop

A police officer releases a chemical irritant at a protester on the other side of the fence of the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Protesters clashed with Minneapolis police for a third night in a row Tuesday over the alleged accidental police shooting death of a black man by a veteran female cop

Protesters shield themselves with umbrellas amid smoke from chemical irritants outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Veteran cop Kimberly Potter - who resigned from the force Tuesday - is said to have confused her gun for a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday

Protesters shield themselves with umbrellas amid smoke from chemical irritants outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Veteran cop Kimberly Potter – who resigned from the force Tuesday – is said to have confused her gun for a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday

A police officer holds a tear gas launcher while standing guard at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Potter's home was barricaded up Tuesday, with officers posted inside, as a group of protesters gathered at the fences

A police officer holds a tear gas launcher while standing guard at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. Potter’s home was barricaded up Tuesday, with officers posted inside, as a group of protesters gathered at the fences

Police and protesters clash Tuesday following a third night of demonstrations in the wake of Wright's death

Police and protesters clash Tuesday following a third night of demonstrations in the wake of Wright’s death 

Activists raise their arms as they confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright Tuesday. Curfews had been in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove from 10pm local time before gatherings were declared unlawful

Activists raise their arms as they confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright Tuesday. Curfews had been in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove from 10pm local time before gatherings were declared unlawful 

A person uses a megaphone as activists confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright

An activist holds a sign as others confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright, 20, who was shot and killed by former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter

A march for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter, in Brooklyn Center

About 90 minutes before the 10pm local time curfew deadline, police declared protests outside the Brooklyn Center police station to be an unlawful assembly; pepper spray and flash bombs were used by officers in an attempt to disperse the crowd while demonstrators used umbrellas as shields

About 90 minutes before the 10pm local time curfew deadline, police declared protests outside the Brooklyn Center police station to be an unlawful assembly; pepper spray and flash bombs were used by officers in an attempt to disperse the crowd while demonstrators used umbrellas as shields

Law enforcement officers stand guard following a march for Daunte Wright Tuesday. Demonstrators began gathering again Tuesday at the city's heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch

Law enforcement officers stand guard following a march for Daunte Wright Tuesday. Demonstrators began gathering again Tuesday at the city’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch

Protestors clash with police outside of Brooklyn Center Police Station Tuesday. More than a 1,000 protestors had arrived by early evening. Wright's killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd's death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd's death, is ongoing

Protestors clash with police outside of Brooklyn Center Police Station Tuesday. More than a 1,000 protestors had arrived by early evening. Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing

Cops declared protests in Minneapolis unlawful Tuesday as they clashed with demonstrators outside of police station

Cops declared protests in Minneapolis unlawful Tuesday as they clashed with demonstrators outside of police station

Police and protesters faced off once again after nightfall Tuesday. 'Whose street? Our street!' the crowd chanted. The unrest had continued after the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Wright's death as a homicide and said the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest

Police and protesters faced off once again after nightfall Tuesday. ‘Whose street? Our street!’ the crowd chanted. The unrest had continued after the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Wright’s death as a homicide and said the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest

Barriers and metal fencing was put up around the home of Officer Kimberly Potter who resigned from the force Tuesday

Barriers and metal fencing was put up around the home of Officer Kimberly Potter who resigned from the force Tuesday

A man speaks with two cops stationed behind barriers and metal fencing put up around the home of Officer Kimberly Potter

A man speaks with two cops stationed behind barriers and metal fencing put up around the home of Officer Kimberly Potter

Police started barricading Potter's home on Tuesday after her address was posted on social media, DailyMail.com can reveal. Exclusive photos show the five-bedroom home surrounded by police and workmen unloading barricades

Police started barricading Potter’s home on Tuesday after her address was posted on social media, DailyMail.com can reveal. Exclusive photos show the five-bedroom home surrounded by police and workmen unloading barricades

A police source said they anticipate protests and are taking precautions to prevent the home being wrecked

A police source said they anticipate protests and are taking precautions to prevent the home being wrecked

Police stand guard as demonstrators gather outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Tuesday

Police stand guard as demonstrators gather outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Tuesday

Chyna Whitiker, the mother of Wright's child, during a press conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center

Chyna Whitiker, the mother of Wright’s child, during a press conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center

Protesters began gathering again Tuesday at the city¿s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch

Protesters began gathering again Tuesday at the city’s heavily guarded police headquarters, now ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence, and where police in riot gear and National Guard soldiers stood watch

More than 200 demonstrators had arrived by early evening. Activists who attended the mayor¿s news conference called for sweeping changes to the Brooklyn Center Police Department and sharply criticized the acting police chief, Tony Gruenig, for not yet having a plan

More than 200 demonstrators had arrived by early evening. Activists who attended the mayor’s news conference called for sweeping changes to the Brooklyn Center Police Department and sharply criticized the acting police chief, Tony Gruenig, for not yet having a plan

Protests on April 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after a white veteran police officer shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis on Sunday after allegedly confusing her gun for a Taser

Protests on April 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after a white veteran police officer shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis on Sunday after allegedly confusing her gun for a Taser

A group of demonstrators marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday

A group of demonstrators marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday

A protester in a gas mask gestures as activists confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright on Tuesday

A protester in a gas mask gestures as activists confront State troopers, National Guard members and other law enforcement officers following a march for Daunte Wright on Tuesday 

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner said. Protests, pictured Tuesday, began within hours

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner said. Protests, pictured Tuesday, began within hours

Protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday, as it is guarded by cops and the National Guard

Protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday, as it is guarded by cops and the National Guard

Protesters participate in a march Tuesday, days after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center

Protesters participate in a march Tuesday, days after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center

Curfews are also in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove

Curfews are also in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove

Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center. Protesters are pictured Tuesday

Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center. Protesters are pictured Tuesday 

Wright's killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd's death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd's death, is ongoing in the city

Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city

Outside the Brooklyn Center’s heavily guarded police headquarters Tuesday, ‘Murderapolis’ was scrawled with black spray paint on a concrete barrier.  

‘Daunte Wright! Say his name!’ the crowd chanted. ‘No justice, no peace! Prosecute the police!’

About 90 minutes before the curfew deadline, authorities announced over a loudspeaker that the gathering had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse. That quickly set off confrontations, with protesters shaking the fence and throwing objects at police, who responded with flashbang and gas grenades. 

‘You are hereby ordered to disperse,’ the announcement said, warning that anyone not leaving would be arrested.

The number of protesters dropped rapidly over the next hour. 

The unrest had continued for a second night Monday just hours after the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled Wright’s death as a homicide and said the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Protests also broke out overnight Monday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle. 

White veteran police officer Potter could reportedly faces charges as early as tomorrow after she and her police chief boss both resigned from the force. 

It is not yet clear what charges Brooklyn Center Police Officer Potter will face over the death of the 20-year-old black man but multiple sources told KSTP they could be filed on Wednesday. 

The state police said the dispersal order came before the 10 p.m. curfew because protesters were trying to take down the fencing and throwing rocks at police. Veteran police officer Potter could reportedly faces charges as early as tomorrow after she and her police chief boss both resigned from the force. It is not yet clear what charges Brooklyn Center Police Officer Potter will face over the death of the 20-year-old black man but multiple sources told KSTP they could be filed on Wednesday

The state police said the dispersal order came before the 10 p.m. curfew because protesters were trying to take down the fencing and throwing rocks at police. Veteran police officer Potter could reportedly faces charges as early as tomorrow after she and her police chief boss both resigned from the force. It is not yet clear what charges Brooklyn Center Police Officer Potter will face over the death of the 20-year-old black man but multiple sources told KSTP they could be filed on Wednesday

The number of protesters dropped rapidly, until only a few remained late on. Police also ordered all media to leave the scene

The number of protesters dropped rapidly, until only a few remained late on. Police also ordered all media to leave the scene 

Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC's 'Good Morning America' that he rejects the explanation that Potter mistook her gun for her Taser. 'I lost my son. He's never coming back. I can't accept that. A mistake? That doesn't even sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can't accept that,' he said. Protesters are pictured Tuesday

Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that he rejects the explanation that Potter mistook her gun for her Taser. ‘I lost my son. He’s never coming back. I can’t accept that. A mistake? That doesn’t even sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that,’ he said. Protesters are pictured Tuesday 

The resignations from Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon came two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. The Brooklyn Center Police Department is pictured Tuesday

The resignations from Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon came two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. The Brooklyn Center Police Department is pictured Tuesday 

The National Guard has been called in to defend the Brooklyn Center Police Department. In her resignation letter, Potter - who has worked for the department for 26 years - did not address the deadly shooting that has sparked two days of violent protests and unrest across the city

The National Guard has been called in to defend the Brooklyn Center Police Department. In her resignation letter, Potter – who has worked for the department for 26 years – did not address the deadly shooting that has sparked two days of violent protests and unrest across the city

The Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. The modest suburb just north of Minneapolis has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic

The Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday. The modest suburb just north of Minneapolis has seen its demographics shift dramatically in recent years. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic

Prosecutors in Hennepin County, where the shooting occurred, said they have referred the case to nearby Washington County ¿ a practice county attorneys in the Minneapolis area adopted last year in handling police deadly force cases

Prosecutors in Hennepin County, where the shooting occurred, said they have referred the case to nearby Washington County — a practice county attorneys in the Minneapolis area adopted last year in handling police deadly force cases

Both Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned on Tuesday two days after Wright was shot dead after he was pulled over for what police said were expired license plate tags.

In her resignation letter, Potter – who has worked for the department for 26 years – did not address the deadly shooting that has sparked two days of violent protests and unrest across the city.  

‘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 best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,’ Potter said.  

Potter, a married mother-of-two, has been on administrative leave since the shooting. She is said to have left her home late last night with her 54-year-old husband Jeffrey and their sons Sam and Nick after her address was posted on social media. 

Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon

Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned on Tuesday two days after the 20-year-old black man was shot dead after he was pulled over for what police said were expired license plate tags 

Potter, a white veteran police officer, shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis on Sunday after allegedly confusing her gun for a taser

Potter, a white veteran police officer, shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Minneapolis on Sunday after allegedly confusing her gun for a taser

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot announced the resignation of Potter’s police chief boss. 

Gannon was the one who revealed during a tense press conference a day earlier that Wright’s death was the result of ‘accidental discharge’ after Potter mistook her taser for a gun.    

Wright was shot dead on Sunday afternoon after he and his girlfriend were pulled over during a traffic stop for what police say was an expired car registration. 

The officers then learned Wright, who has a toddler son, had the outstanding warrant against him.   

Police have said a struggle broke out as they tried to take him into custody after running his name and realizing he had the warrant. 

Authorities have not confirmed the nature of the warrant but court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court last month on misdemeanor charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police last June. 

Wright had choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 she had stuffed in her bra, court papers obtained by DailyMail.com allege. 

He was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery – with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

Large crowds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday for the third night in a row. Wright was shot dead on Sunday afternoon after he and his girlfriend were pulled over during a traffic stop for what police say was an expired car registration. The officers then learned Wright, who has a toddler son, had the outstanding warrant against him

Large crowds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Tuesday for the third night in a row. Wright was shot dead on Sunday afternoon after he and his girlfriend were pulled over during a traffic stop for what police say was an expired car registration. The officers then learned Wright, who has a toddler son, had the outstanding warrant against him

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said in a statement Tuesday that 'no conclusions should be made until the investigation is complete.' Police have said a struggle broke out as they tried to take Wright into custody after running his name and realizing he had the warrant

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said in a statement Tuesday that ‘no conclusions should be made until the investigation is complete.’ Police have said a struggle broke out as they tried to take Wright into custody after running his name and realizing he had the warrant

Mourners gather at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive where a memorial has sprung up for Daunte Wright

Mourners gather at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive where a memorial has sprung up for Daunte Wright

Hundreds of protesters defied a 7pm curfew in Minneapolis on Monday night. Protesters are pictured Tuesday

Hundreds of protesters defied a 7pm curfew in Minneapolis on Monday night. Protesters are pictured Tuesday 

People pay their respects to Wright on Tuesday at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive. Protests also broke out overnight Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle

People pay their respects to Wright on Tuesday at the intersection of 63rd and Katherine Drive. Protests also broke out overnight Tuesday in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Portland and Seattle

A demonstrator carries a flag bearing the names of people of color killed by police at a rally outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright

A demonstrator carries a flag bearing the names of people of color killed by police at a rally outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright

His aunt has said the warrant was for marijuana possession.                    

In an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday, Wright’s parents Katie and Aubrey said they could not accept their son’s death was a mistake.  

‘I cannot accept that. I lost my son, he’s never coming back. I can’t accept a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right,’ Aubrey said. 

‘This officer has been on the force for 26 years.’    

Police released footage of the incident from Potter’s bodycam that showed her and two other officers approaching Wright’s car after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop. 

The footage showed one officer trying to handcuff Wright as a second officer told him he was being arrested on a warrant. Wright immediately jumped back into his car in an apparent attempt to flee. 

A struggle then broke out between the officers and Wright, who was still sitting inside his car.  

‘I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!’ Potter could be heard shouting in her bodycam video.  

Immediately after, Potter can be heard saying: ‘Holy sh*t. I shot him’. 

Wright managed to drive several blocks before coming to a stop when he hit another car. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

Daunte Wright's parents Katie and Aubrey said they could not accept their son's death was a mistake after police revealed Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter accidentally fired her gun instead of her taser

Daunte Wright’s parents Katie and Aubrey said they could not accept their son’s death was a mistake after police revealed Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter accidentally fired her gun instead of her taser

Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright's car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop

Police body cam footage of the fatal incident showed three officers approaching Daunte Wright’s car in Brooklyn Center on Sunday after he had been pulled over for the traffic stop

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