Brooklyn Center mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

Brooklyn Center mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

from Associated Press reports
Created: April 16, 2021 11:57 AM

The mayor of a Minneapolis suburb that's seen nightly protests after a white police officer fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright contends police are overreacting to demonstrators and should scale back their tactics.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Elliott said at a news conference that he doesn't agree with police using pepper spray, tear gas and paintballs during demonstrations.

The City Council passed a resolution banning city officers from using tear gas and other tactics against demonstrators.

The city's stance has left leaders of other law enforcement agencies helping to control demonstrators confused. Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson sent Elliott a letter Wednesday asking if he still wanted his department's help.

On Thursday night, hundreds of protesters again filled the streets in front of the police station. The protesters - shouting obscenities, shaking the police station’s security fence and occasionally lobbing water bottles - began thinning out as the 10 p.m. curfew approached. Authorities reported that all but 20 protesters left within 90 minutes of curfew beginning.

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