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New night curfew in US city after death of African American

Washington, Apr 17 (EFE).- Minnesota authorities reimposed a night curfew Saturday in one of its municipalities in anticipation of possible disturbances following the death of African American Daunte Wright at the hands of a policewoman.

The measure will be imposed on the Brooklyn Center municipality in Minnesota starting at 23.00 local time (04.00 GMT on Sunday). City council announced the curfew on Facebook, adding it would be in effect until 6 a.m. local time (11 a.m. GMT) on Sunday.

Brooklyn Center, a residential area northwest of Minneapolis, saw the sixth night of protests and altercations after Wright’s death Friday, which resulted in a hundred arrests.

Friday saw the first night of the week without a curfew after the young African-American died Sunday.

former agent Kim Potter — who resigned from her position this week after 26 years of service — has been charged with involuntary second-degree manslaughter For 20-year-old Wright’s death, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

However, lacking a record, the sentence would be lessened if convicted.

Brooklyn Police Center said the death was accidental, as Potter wanted to use an electric gun known as a “taser” to immobilize Wright, but got confused and fired a bullet with her firearm that killed the young man during a traffic stop.

The death occurred near Minneapolis, where tensions are high since policeman Derek Chauvin killed African -American George Floyd in May, sparking the largest anti-racism protests in the United States since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in the late 1960s.

The trial against Chauvin is underway in Minneapolis with the beginning of the final defense and prosecution arguments scheduled for Monday. EFE


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