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Saturday, 17 April 2021

Violent clashes break out in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota and dozens are arrested after thousands of BLM demonstrators march to protest the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright

 Violent clashes erupted in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and across the nation after initially peaceful anti-police protests descended into chaos on Friday night. 

Thousands gathered on streets across America to demonstrate the fatal police shootings of black men Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.

But as the night went on, skirmishes and clashes broke out between protesters and cops, leading to dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.


Minneapolis entered its sixth day of protests in the wake of Wright's death last week while Chicago saw cops using tear gas and kettling against protesters, as unrest continues to bubble in many major cities. 

Police bull rushed, kettled and attacked protesters at Brooklyn Center on Friday night

Police bull rushed, kettled and attacked protesters at Brooklyn Center on Friday night

Law enforcement officers pepper spray protestors and working media outside the Brooklyn Center police station

Law enforcement officers pepper spray protestors and working media outside the Brooklyn Center police station

Law enforcement officers pepper spray protestors and working media outside the Brooklyn Center police station Friday

Law enforcement officers pepper spray protestors and working media outside the Brooklyn Center police station Friday

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday night

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday night

People protest the March 29th shooting and killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home

People protest the March 29th shooting and killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home

Chicago Police officers mask up and prepare near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as people protest on Friday

Chicago Police officers mask up and prepare near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as people protest on Friday

Chicago Police officers stand near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as protesters march through Logan Square Friday

Chicago Police officers stand near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as protesters march through Logan Square Friday

Chicago

In Chicago, thousands of people marched for Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old who was killed by the police last month, before video was released on Thursday showing the shooting, sparking outrage.

The protests began before 6pm, with hundreds of people gathering in Logan Square Park, planning on marching to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's residence.

The number of protesters swelled into the thousands as the night went on, with the intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey and Kimball shut down around 7:30pm, according to ABC7.

Hundreds took to the streets on Thursday night after the video was first released, blocking traffic in the West Loop and protesting outside of the city's police headquarters.

People in the city anticipated the protests ahead of the video's release, boarding up windows and stores to prevent looting.

There were no reports of violence during Friday night's protests earlier, but heavy clashes did break out with police later in the night. 


Demonstrators protest the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on Friday in Logan Park, Chicago

Demonstrators protest the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on Friday in Logan Park, Chicago

A protester holds a placard accusing the Chicago Police Department of murdering children following Adam Toledo's death

A protester holds a placard accusing the Chicago Police Department of murdering children following Adam Toledo's death

People in Chicago take part in a demonstration a day after officials released a video showing Adam Toledo's death

People in Chicago take part in a demonstration a day after officials released a video showing Adam Toledo's death

People protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

People protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

People continue to protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

People continue to protest the killing of 13 year-old Adam Toledo near Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday

Protesters march through the Logan Square neighborhood during a rally on Friday in Chicago

Protesters march through the Logan Square neighborhood during a rally on Friday in Chicago


Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis 

Brooklyn Center, the site of the death of Daunte Wright, 20, last Sunday entered its sixth day of protests on Friday, with things quickly descending into chaos.

The police headquarters in the city remains fenced off, but that didn't prevent almost 1,000 people from gathering there by 9pm, according to the Star Tribune

The protests began peacefully in the afternoon, with people barbecuing, giving away food, and writing messages with chalk on the sidewalks.

Things grew more tense as the sun went down, however, with one speaker saying, 'We're going to make their lives miserable every night,' a message directed at law enforcement.

Protesters were demanding greater charges for Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who fatally shot Wright last week.

She was charged this week with second-degree manslaughter, which protesters and members of Wright's family believe is not enough. 

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday night as protests continued

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday night as protests continued

Police lead away a protester during Friday night's clashes at the Brooklyn Center Police Department

Police lead away a protester during Friday night's clashes at the Brooklyn Center Police Department

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday night where many gathered

An unlawful assembly was declared at the Brooklyn Center Police Department Friday night where many gathered

A protester getting treated after having been hit with both pepper spray and a rubber bullet at the Brooklyn Center

A protester getting treated after having been hit with both pepper spray and a rubber bullet at the Brooklyn Center

Pictured: Protesters behind a security fence in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday

Pictured: Protesters behind a security fence in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday

A protester getting hit with both pepper spray and a rubber bullet at the Brooklyn Center Police Department

A protester getting hit with both pepper spray and a rubber bullet at the Brooklyn Center Police Department

Protesters gathered together on Friday night in Brooklyn Center, holding up their phones as lights

Protesters gathered together on Friday night in Brooklyn Center, holding up their phones as lights

Over the course of the night, clashes between the police and protesters grew, even as police stood behind fences

Over the course of the night, clashes between the police and protesters grew, even as police stood behind fences

Many protesters carried umbrellas with them to shield themselves from pepper spray from the police

Many protesters carried umbrellas with them to shield themselves from pepper spray from the police

There was a brief incident when Black protesters attempted to prevent white protesters from shaking fences and climbing barricades.

Just before 10pm, however, the protest outside of the police department was declared an unlawful assembly, according to KSTP.

Police began deploying flash bangs to scatter the crowd, some of whom shielded themselves with umbrellas.

Within ten minutes, the Minnesota State Patrol arrived and stated to form a blockade. State troopers then began making arrests using zipties.

Pepper spray was used against some protesters, with members of the media also being affected by the pepper spray. 

The city then issued a curfew from 11pm to 6am Saturday, despite earlier indications that there would be no curfew on Friday night. 


Law enforcement patrol an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday night

Law enforcement patrol an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday night

Law enforcement stand guard in an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday night

Law enforcement stand guard in an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday night

Guardsmen line up near the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday night

Guardsmen line up near the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday night

A demonstrator is pepper-sprayed outside of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday

A demonstrator is pepper-sprayed outside of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Friday

People take cover from pepper spray being used by law enforcement from behind a fence at Brooklyn Center PD Friday

People take cover from pepper spray being used by law enforcement from behind a fence at Brooklyn Center PD Friday

A demonstrator is attended to after getting pepper-sprayed by police officers during a protest outside in Brooklyn Center

A demonstrator is attended to after getting pepper-sprayed by police officers during a protest outside in Brooklyn Center

Demonstrators clash with police outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 16, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Demonstrators clash with police outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 16, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Earlier on Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted 11-1 against the use of tear gas and other munitions amid the protests.

In Brooklyn Center, cops have used gas and nonlethal munitions against protesters at the police station, according to FOX 9.

While the resolution passed almost unanimously, it doesn't have any legal effect because the Minneapolis Police is controlled by Mayor Jacob Frey, not the Minneapolis Council.

Minnesota is also preparing for more protests in the coming days with Derek Chauvin's trial in the death of George Floyd winding to an end - closing arguments are set to take place on Monday. 

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday afternoon

A peaceful crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Friday afternoon

Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department hold up flags and signs on Friday afternoon

Protesters in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department hold up flags and signs on Friday afternoon 

 

New York City 

In New York City, some protesters held up signs saying the names of victims, such as Daunte Wright.

There was also a memorial in Washington Square Park for Wright and Dominique Lucious, a black transgender woman recently murdered in Missouri.

As the night went on in New York, there were clashes between Black Lives Matters protesters and the police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center, where hundreds of people had gathered.

Some people were also arrested, although it's not clear what sparked the clash. 

Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center and took to the streets on Friday night

Hundreds of BLM protesters are gathered at the Barclays Center and took to the streets on Friday night

A woman carries a sign that reads 'Daunte Wright' as demonstrators protest against police in New York City

A woman carries a sign that reads 'Daunte Wright' as demonstrators protest against police in New York City

People look at a memorial in Washington Square Park for Daunte Wright and for Dominique Lucious in New York City

People look at a memorial in Washington Square Park for Daunte Wright and for Dominique Lucious in New York City

Meanwhile, protests continued around the rest of the nation on Friday night, with major cities such Atlanta, and Washington DC seeing various protests throughout the day. 

In Atlanta, Black Lives Matters protesters marched peacefully through downtown.

Some held signs, including one with the anti-police slogan 'ACAB.'

Washington DC saw similar protests on Friday, with people holding signs and marching through the Black Lives Matter Plaza. 

As the night went on, more and more people in the city joined in with the protests, which marched down busy streets.

According to the Washington Post, around 175 people rallied at the Black Lives Matter Plaza.

A crowd then walked down U Street, getting into a clash with police after trying to confront diners outside around 10pm.

Police were also forced to push protesters away from a police station, leading the protesters to shine laser pointers at the cops, as well as nearby diners. 

At one point, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, with one even throwing a scooter, before the crowd dispersed around 11:20pm. 

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Diners film demonstrators marching down U Street in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday

Diners film demonstrators marching down U Street in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C. to protest the death of Daunte Wright on Friday night

Black Lives Matter protesters march in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday afternoon

Black Lives Matter protesters march in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday afternoon

In Atlanta, many protesters carried signs, including one saying 'Enough is Enough' about the rash of police shootings

In Atlanta, many protesters carried signs, including one saying 'Enough is Enough' about the rash of police shootings

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