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Minnesota protests, Derek Chauvin trial, Officer lying in honor: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Protests go on despite curfew after fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

Tensions between protesters and police intensified for the second night in a row Monday after a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop Sunday. Protesters stayed out despite Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz imposing a curfew that stretched to 6 a.m. Tuesday for three counties, which included the city of Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb about 10 miles from where George Floyd died in police custody last May. About 90 minutes after the curfew deadline, police in Brooklyn Center began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades in an attempt to drive protesters away. Some protesters, wearing gas masks, picked up smoke canisters and threw them back toward police. Early Tuesday, a Minnesota State Patrol official said 40 people were arrested at the Brooklyn Center protest. Wright was shot once and died after the traffic stop, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday. Gannon described the shooting death as “an accidental discharge.” Protests also occurred Monday night in New York City; Portland, Oregon and Louisville, Kentucky. 

Defense expected to begin calling witnesses in Chauvin murder trial

For the first time, jurors are expected to hear from witnesses testifying for the defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death.  As Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill wrapped up court Monday, he told jurors “we’re getting close to the end” of the trial. He said he expects the defense to finish its evidence by the end of the week, with closing arguments expected Monday.  So far, there have been 38 witnesses called to the stand, all by the prosecution.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death in police custody on May 25, 2020. 

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