A curfew in the roiling Minnesota city of Brooklyn Center was not enforced on Thursday, and the fifth night of protest concluded quietly – despite the officer who sparked the outpouring of anger making her first appearance at court.
Kimberly Potter, 48, was in court on Thursday charged with second-degree manslaughter. The white police officer shot and killed a black man, Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday at a traffic stop. The chief of police claimed it was an accident and she meant to fire her Taser.
Protests outside Brooklyn Center Police Department from Sunday night through Wednesday were tense, with riot police repeatedly firing tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets into the furious crowd, which flung fireworks and water bottles at the police.
On Thursday Mike Elliott, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, announced that a 10pm curfew would go into place, and remain in effect until 6am.
Protesters were outside Brooklyn Center Police Department for the fifth night on Thursday. Police had imposed a night time curfew but it was not enforced
A protester is seen holding up a sign outside Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday as demonstrations enter their fifth night
The message ‘Justice for Daunte’ was beamed onto a barricade outside the police department during protesters after an office fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop
The police headquarters have been the scene of protests every night since Sunday. Mask-wearing demonstrators hold signs reading ‘Justice for Daunte Wright’ and ‘Murdered while #unarmed’
Demonstrators hang umbrellas on the fence outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters on the fifth night of protests on Thursday
Protests entered their fifth day in the suburban Minnesota city of Brooklyn Center on April 15, following the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a police officer
Protesters on Thursday night came prepared for clashes with the police after Wednesday night’s protests featured police firing tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets into the furious crowd
Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed on Sunday by police officer Kimberly Potter when he was pulled over for a traffic stop
Around 1,000 people were out protesting, but the curfew was not enforced and they went home by their own volition.
At 11:30pm, only a few people still lingered, the Star Tribune reported.
Earlier on Thursday Potter, the 26-year veteran officer who ‘accidentally’ shot Wright, was seen for the first time since she was released from jail on $100,000 bond.
In exclusive photos taken by DailyMail.com, the former officer – who resigned on Tuesday – appeared tired and strained as she was spotted being driven away from her lawyer Earl Gray’s office in St Paul, Minnesota by husband Jeffrey, 54.
Former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberley Potter, 48, was seen on Thursday for the first time since she was released from Hennepin County Jail on $100,000 bond
The mother-of-two appeared strained as she left her lawyer’s office in St Paul, Minnesota, with her husband Jeff, following her first court hearing at Hennepin County District Court
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force, is charged with second-degree manslaughter after ‘accidentally’ shooting 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright
Potter is seen making her first courtroom appearance, via Zoom, on Thursday. The hearing lasted only 10-minutes and Potter spoke only once, to confirm her name and address
Potter was at the legal office in downtown St Paul for her first court appearance at Hennepin County District Court after being charged a day earlier with second-degree manslaughter over Wright’s death.
The 10-minute hearing took place over Zoom with Potter only speaking to confirm her name and address.
She did not enter a plea to the charge, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence.
Earlier, Gray had filed a motion to stop the proceedings, which saw disheveled Potter seated at a table wearing a plaid shirt, from being broadcast or livestreamed.
The court agreed with his motion and he waived the right to have the charges against his client read out.
Along with Potter, Gray also represents former police officer Thomas Lane, who is facing charges of aiding and abetting murder in the George Floyd case.
Potter is believed to be staying at an address in East St Paul and has been keeping a low profile there since fleeing her Champlin home on Monday night.
The married mother-of-two left her home in Minneapolis Monday with her 54-year-old husband Jeffrey and their sons Sam and Nick after her address was posted on social media
She has been joined by her two sons Nicholas and Samuel and was driven to and from today’s brief hearing by husband – himself a former police officer.
Her five-bedroom home remains barricaded and the quiet suburban street it sits in closed off.
The married mother-of-two was taken into custody around 11.30am local time on Wednesday by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents in St. Paul and booked into Hennepin County jail just after midday.
A curfew in the roiling Minnesota city of Brooklyn Center was not enforced on Thursday, and the fifth night of protest concluded quietly
Protesters carry signs calling to ‘defund the police’ and ‘black lives matter’ as protests enter their fifth day following the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright
Protesters in Brooklyn Center congregated outside the police station, where national guard soldiers were waiting
Former police officer Kimberly Potter has been remanded in custody over the killing and appeared in court to face a charge of second-degree manslaughter on Thursday
Protesters lit candles in remembrance of 20-year-old Daunte Wright who was fatally shot by police in a traffic stop, while he was unarmed
Demonstrators covered the top of their burning candles with white plastic cups to amplify the light while protesting outside Brooklyn Center police station on April 15
National Guard soldiers attended the protests alongside Brooklyn Center police on April 15, to help control the crowd of protesters
Protesters were seen wearing masks at the protests because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police had imposed a curfew to stop people gathering, but it was widely ignored
Protesters gathered along the metal fences outside Brooklyn Center police station with cardboard signs that read ‘Justice for Daunte Wright’
Kimberly Potter, the police officer facing a charge of second-degree manslaughter for the death of Daunte Wright, has not yet entered a plea in court
Potter is facing charges over the shooting and is being represented by Earl Gray, who is also defending Thomas Lane, a fellow former police officer facing charges of aiding and abetting murder in the George Floyd case
Protesters have called for Kimberly Potter to face murder charges after she fatally shot Daunte Wright, despite claiming she meant to pull her Taser on him instead
Several protesters carried or wore Black Lives Matter paraphernalia, in reference to the global movement sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year
Protesters also adopted the slogan of ‘Black Lives Matter’. A trial for Derek Chauvin, the police officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, started on March 29