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Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images

About 100 people were taken to custody Friday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in connection to the protests of Daunte Wright's death, local law enforcement officials said during a news conference.

Details: Authorities said that Friday night's protests turned violent and destructive, which led to dispersal orders and arrests. Thursday night's protests remained peaceful and no arrests were made.

  • Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington did not specify what charges could be brought against those arrested.
  • Law enforcement said a peaceful protest of about 250 people grew to about 500 people by evening, which led to a citywide curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

What they're saying: "We had a wall secured perimeter fence, we had community advocates working the fence line, we had officers positions well back of the fence so that we could maintain a distance so that we're not going to be agitating individuals along the fence line," Harrington said, specifying how police were positioned around the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

  • Harrington said that deputies and officers used this formation successfully on Thursday night and did not engage with protesters, and hoped the same strategy would work Friday, but "the response was very different."
  • "This is a night that should have been about Daunte Wright ... recognizing his death and the tragedy that that is. Tearing down a fence, coming armed to a protest, is not in my mind fitting a peaceful protest," Harrington said.
  • "I'm saddened by what happened," Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said at a press conference Friday night. "Trying to cut down the fence to get into a safe area, their intentions are to cause harm to either the building or the police officers and deputies inside the fence. We need to grieve; we don’t need to have more problems with destruction and deputies hurt, officers hurt."

Timeline: Harrington said that at approximately 8 p.m., small groups of protesters began to bring plywood, shields, umbrellas and liquid bottles.

  • Roughly 45 minutes later, some demonstrators started shaking the fencing around the precinct and throwing glass bottles at officers near the building.
  • Harrington added that part of the fence surrounding the precinct had been breached at around 9:30 p.m. Officers then started giving out dispersal orders.
  • Minutes later, at approximately 10 p.m., police started making arrests as violent confrontations arose.
  • At 10:40 p.m. the city of Brooklyn Center issued the 11 p.m. curfew.

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Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

In photos: 4th night of Twin Cities protests after Daunte Wright shooting

Demonstrators protesting the April 11 death of Daunte Wright use umbrellas for protection from pepper spray and rubber bullets outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 14.

Brooklyn Center officials imposed a curfew for a fourth straight day Wednesday, as law enforcement and demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright faced off into the night.

The big picture: The Star Tribune reports the scene was calmer than previous nights, with most protesters leaving by 10:30p.m after an unlawful assembly was declared and dispersal orders issued. Police deployed "occasional gas canisters" and sprayed chemicals at protesters who neared the police station fence, and some demonstrators threw objects, AP notes.

Florida lawmakers send controversial "anti-riot" bill to Gov. DeSantis

Protesters confronting police in riot gear in May 2020 in Miami, Florida, during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Photo: Adam Delguidice/AFP via Getty Images

Florida state lawmakers sent a bill that stiffens penalties against violent protesters to Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) desk on Thursday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Opponents say the bill seeks to curtail the Black Lives Matter movement and the right to free speech and peaceably assemble. It comes amid the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd, which set off waves of protests across the country last summer.

Updated Apr 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Suspect in FedEx shooting identified as 19-year-old former employee Brandon Hole

Crime scene investigators walk through the FedEx parking lot in Indianapolis the day after a mass shooting left nine dead, including the gunman, who took his own life. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images.

The suspected gunman who killed at least eight people and wounded several others in Indianapolis before killing himself has been identified by local police as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, a former FedEx employee, a company spokesperson told the AP.

The latest: Some of the victims in the deadly attack were identified by local law enforcement on Friday night.