Apr 17, 2021
Violent clashes in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota at BLM protests over police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright
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VIOLENT clashes broke out in Chicago, NYW and Minnesota at Black Lives Matter protests over the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.
Thousands of people gathered peacefully across America to demonstrate against police yesterday, but as the night went on tensions grew.15Police officers take a protester into custody as hundreds of BLM protester gather in NYCCredit: Getty 15Hundreds of people demanded justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot deadCredit: Getty 15Protests began across Chicago after the fatal shooting of ToledoCredit: AP
Dozens of people were arrested and several injured following clashes between BLM protesters and cops.
Demonstrators gathered in Logan Square Park, Chicago, to demand justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old who was shot dead by cops on March 29.
The protest began at around 6pm, with people marching and shutting down the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey and Kimball around 7.30pm.
Many said they were protesting to demand police reform and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's resignation, saying the current system does not work.
As the event came to an end at around 10pm, a small group of protesters began clashing with police officers.
Protests began across Chicago after bodycam footage of Toledo's death was released on Thursday.
Toledo was fatally shot in an alley after running from police around 2.30am on March 29.
Video footage clearly shows the teen putting his hands up before he was shot.15Chicago Police officers stand near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home as protesters march through Logan Square neighborhood during a rallyCredit: Getty 15Protests began peacefully but tensions grew during the nightCredit: Getty 15Cops arresting a protester in NYC yesterdayCredit: Getty
The arrest reports published by Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) indicated that the teen posed an "imminent threat of battery with a weapon" as pressure mounted for the footage to be shown.
The police report said Officer Eric Stillman shot Adam for allegedly not following directions, running, using significant force likely to "cause death or great bodily harm," and being armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice, said: "He put his hands up and was still murdered. So I have a question: what more could he have done?"
Clashes also broke out at Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis where Daunte Wright, 20, was shot dead last Sunday.
Almost 1,000 people gathered in front of the police headquarters in the city by 9pm yesterday, the Star Tribune reports.
The protest was peaceful at the beginning, but became tense during the evening with a speaker leaving a message for police officers, saying: "We're going to make their lives miserable every night."15Protesters march through Logan Square neighborhood in ChicagoCredit: Getty 15Protests began across America after the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte WrightCredit: Getty 15Demonstrations broke out after a video of Toledo's shooting was released on ThursdayCredit: Getty
Demonstrators demanded charges for ex-Minnesota cop Kimberly Potter who shot Wright last week.
Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter – but posted $100,000 bond and was released from Hennepin County jail.
The department has maintained that she meant to reach for her Taser and shot Wright with her gun by accident.
Police began deploying flash bangs to scatter the crowd, some of whom shielded themselves with umbrellas, according to reports.
Pepper spray was also used against some protesters after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly.
Around 100 people were arrested yesterday night following the clashes, KSTP reports.
Protesters also gathered in New York City, with some people holding signs with the names of victims of the fatal shootings.
Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center and some people were reportedly arrested.15A demonstrator holds up a sign as he is pepper-sprayed by police officers outside the Brooklyn CenterCredit: Getty 15Law enforcement stand guard in an intersection near the Brooklyn Center police headquarters in MinnesotaCredit: Getty 15Guardsmen line up near the Brooklyn Center Police DepartmentCredit: Reuters
Protests also continued in other cities including Atlanta and Washington DC.
According to the Washington Post, around 175 people rallied at the Black Lives Matter Plaza.
At one point, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, with one even throwing a scooter.
Wright was shot just ten miles from where George Floyd was killed last spring, leading to an outpouring of anger from the community.15Potter resigned as a police officer after the shootingCredit: Minneapolis Police
During a press conference just hours before the court hearing, Wright's aunt, Naisha, said of Potter's conviction: "If we can have life, we want life. We gotta go life without him."
She also held up a printed photograph of a Taser and a gun, asking "y'all see the difference? This is a Taser, but no my nephew was killed with this -, a Glock."
Speaking on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said she had intended to use a Taser - not a handgun - and described the shooting as an "accidental discharge."Most read in US NewsOUT OF THIS WORLDUS Navy footage of UFO flying over California is the 'best ever seen’TRAGEDYVictims of FedEx gunman pictured as all eight fatalities are named by copsRED FLAGSFedEx ‘shooter,’ 19, pictured as mom says 'she feared he wanted suicide-by-cop'ROASTING MICHELLETrump 'mocked Michelle Obama's appearance as crowd broke out in laughter'BUNDLE OF JOYParents will get $3,600 per child in tax credits this yearAMERICAN HORROR STORYMap reveals where 54 mass shootings erupted over past MONTH
Wright's parents have refused to accept that their son was killed by "mistake."
In a statement on Tuesday, Potter said: "I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately.
"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 interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately."15Adam Toledo was shot dead by cops on March 29Credit: AP 15People hold pictures of George Floyd and Adam Toledo at a prayer vigil for Daunte Wright in Times SquareCredit: EPA Adam Toledo shooting: Police Union head says killing of 13-year-old ‘justified’ and hails cop as 'hero' as protests erupt
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Norwalk Man Charged With Attacking Youth Football Coach With Helmet
A Fairfield County man has been charged with allegedly attacking a youth football coach with a helmet.
The incident took place in Norwalk at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Brien McMahon High School field during a game.
According to Sgt. Sofia Gulino, of the Norwalk Police, the assault took place on the field during the game.
Following an investigation, Norwalk Police arrested Christopher Polk, age 32, of Norwalk on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Gulino said.
Multiple witnesses came forward, identifying Polk as the suspect, and providing a description of him, she added.
- Earlier report: Police Investigating Assault At Fairfield County Youth Football Game
According to witnesses, Polk had used a football helmet to strike the victim in the head and was last seen walking away from the area, police said.
Paramedics were immediately called to the scene and transported the victim to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of his serious injuries.
Officers were unable to locate Polk and a warrant was prepared for his arrest, Gulino said.
"Polk was provided with opportunities to turn himself in but refused to comply," she added.
Investigators of the Special Services Division received information about where Polk was living but attempts to contact him went unanswered, police said.
Surveillance was established in the area and Polk was taken into custody on Thursday.
The victim in this incident has since been released from Norwalk Hospital and is recovering from his injuries, Gulino said.
Polk was charged with:
- Risk of injury to a minor
- Breach of peace
He is being held on a $75,000 bond.