Kim Potter flees home as unrest expected ahead of charging decision Wednesday

A person puts his hands up while protesters rally outside Brooklyn Center Police Department, as it is guarded by members of the police and National Guard, a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on 12 April 12, 2021

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Officer Kim Potterreportedly fled her home after her address was posted to social media, while the mayor of Brooklyn Centre warned of “outside elements” planning to turn peaceful protests into “mayhem”.

After 40 people were arrested on Monday night, mayor Mike Elliott asked protesters to go home peacefully before the city’s curfew on Tuesday.

Police fired tear gas at protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Centre, Minnesota police precinct, in reaction to the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright who was fatally shot by an officer over the weekend

Mr Elliott said there were plans among some “outside elements” plans to turn peaceful protests into “mayhem”.

“Daunte Wright’s death will not be exploited,” he said in a tweet.

“Some outside elements may be planning to show up to infiltrate peaceful protesters and cause mayhem, we will not allow that.”

Both Ms Potter and the police chief who called the shooting an “accidental discharge” resigned from the police department ahead of a charging decision expected to come on Wednesday.

In an emotional press conference, the mother of Daunte Wright described her son’s final moments as she revealed some of his last words to police before he was shot and killed in a traffic stop.

“Am I in trouble?” she heard her son ask police officers before they “scuffled” and the phone call ended.

She was joined by family members of George Floyd, who are currently awaiting the outcome in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

The defence witnesses began delivering testimony this week, with their use of force expert Barry Brood claiming the ex-officer was “justified” in attempting to arrest Mr Floyd.

“I felt that office Chauvin’s interactions with Mr Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing, and were objectively reasonable,” he said.

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