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People gather at the state Capitol to protest the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Multiple demonstrations were held in downtown Denver on Saturday to protest the death of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop.

The state of play: Community activists warned that their taking to the streets only foreshadows more unrest ahead.

  • "The Denver anti-racist movement that raised the fever pitch last summer is here to stay ... it is not done," said Joel Northam, a leader of the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
  • "It’s going to be a long, hot summer — and we’re here for it," he told a crowd of protesters.

The big picture: The recent deaths of Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago have ignited protests in cities across the country. Meanwhile, new police shooting cases continue to climb.

  • Since testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin over George Floyd’s death began March 29, an average of more than three people a day have been killed by the police, the New York Times reports.

What's next: A verdict is expected in the Chauvin trial sometime this week, which could set off another wave of unrest across America.

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Prosecutor on leave for failing to "fully present the facts" after shooting of 13-year-old boy

People march through Larimer Square as they protest the deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo on April 17 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Cook County prosecutor James Murphy was placed on administrative leave Friday after he implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was shot and killed by a police officer in March, was armed when he was shot, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times report.

Why it matters: Videos of the shooting show that Toledo, who was Latino, dropped what appears to be a weapon and put his hands in the air a moment before before he was fatally shot. A lawyer for the Toledo family said Thursday that if the teen "had a gun, he tossed it."

Latino community of 13-year-old killed by police in Chicago reels after shooting

A small memorial of flowers and candles to Adam Toledo in Chicago. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images

Residents of Little Village, a well-known and predominantly Latino neighborhood in Chicago, are grieving the death of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Mexican American boy from the neighborhood who was shot and killed by a police officer on March 29, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Adam Toledo's killing shines a spotlight on police shootings of Latinos, who are killed by law enforcement at the second-highest rate after Black Americans, according to data from the Washington Post.

Chicago releases video of fatal police shooting of 13-year-old boy

A small memorial is seen on April 15 in Chicago where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer in March. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images

Chicago's independent police review board on Thursday released the body camera footage of an officer's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29.

The big picture: Tension continues to rise nationwide in response to police misconduct and racism. Thursday's footage release comes days after officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright in a traffic stop near Minneapolis, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, is ongoing.