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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.

Sheriff's officers stand guard outside the police station April 14. Activists have criticized law enforcement for using excessive force on protesters, but police have defended the action to disperse crowds. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesPhoto: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters outside the Brooklyn Police Department building on April 14. After some businesses were looted during protests earlier in the week, police said there were no reports of looting during the latest demonstrations, nor the previous night. Photo: Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright face off with police near the police station April 13. Kim Potter, the former police officer identified as shooting Wright, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Protesters gather outside the police stations on April 13. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Protesters confront law enforcement outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 13. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
The general scene outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 13. Potter resigned from her position earlier in the day. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon also submitted his resignation. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Police officers form a line as they face off with demonstrators protesting the death of Daunte Wright outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 12 in Brooklyn Center. Officials say Potter inadvertently used a gun instead of a Taser. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Demonstrators and police officers face off outside of the Brooklyn Center police station on April 12. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Demonstrators shout "Don't shoot" at the police after curfew on April 12 in Brooklyn Center. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
People gather during a vigil for Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., April 12. His shooting April 11 took place 10 miles from the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder and manslaughter charges over the death of George Floyd last May. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Minnesota National Guard and law enforcement members outside the Brooklyn Center Police Station April 12. Earlier in the day, the judge presiding over Chauvin's trial denied a defense motion to sequester and question the jury following Wright's shooting. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
Katie Wright (L), the mother of Daunte Wright, is embraced during a vigil for her son in Brooklyn Center on April 12. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Flowers and signs are left in front of the security fence at the start of curfew in Brooklyn Center on April 12. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
People gather holding protest signs on April 12 before curfew in Brooklyn Center. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
Police put up barriers in anticipation of protests and a rally at the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images
The April 12 vigil for Wright in Brooklyn Center. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Officer Kim Potter arrested, charged with manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death

Kim Potter's booking photos. Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Kim Potter, the former police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, was released on a $100,000 bond on Wednesday, Hennepin County jail records show.

Why it matters: Sunday's shooting of the 20-year-old Black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, just 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year, has reinvigorated Black Lives Matter protests and led to three consecutive nights of unrest.

Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Daunte Wright protests reignite debate over police response to unrest

Police in riot gear toss a projectile at protesters in Brooklyn Park on April 11. Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Ongoing protests over Daunte Wright's death have renewed debate over the tactics police use to control crowds and respond to civil unrest.

Driving the news: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered for a fourth straight night in Brooklyn Center Wednesday. Law enforcement used flash-bang grenades and pepper balls to disperse the crowd as a 10 p.m. curfew set in.

The state of play: Law enforcement officials say the tactics are necessary to restore order and protect residents and property when peaceful protests begin to devolve, but activists in Minnesota and beyond say the "militarized" response is overly aggressive, dangerous and actually risks inciting more violence.

Apr 14, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Brooklyn Center mayor in the spotlight after Daunte Wright shooting

Mike Elliott has moved swiftly after the death of Daunte Wright. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

The killing of Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer has thrust Mayor Mike Elliott into the national spotlight.

The big picture: Elliott, with the backing of the city council, has acted quickly and boldly in the wake of the shooting. He fired longtime city manager Curt Boganey, took control of the police department and called for the firing of officer Kim Potter, who resigned on Tuesday.