Dear Brooklyn Park residents,
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of Daunte Wright who was tragically killed Sunday afternoon by a Brooklyn Center police officer. We realize that our community is going through many raw emotions as we process another tragic loss of a Black man. That shooting is now being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is common for an officer-involved shooting.
During the aftermath of the shooting, Brooklyn Park officers responded to assist with scene security and crowd control in Brooklyn Center. Although many community members gathered to peacefully protest last evening, we also experienced significant property damage and looting to numerous businesses in both Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, including a single shot that shattered the front glass door at our North Police Station off of 85th Avenue. Last evening, all available Brooklyn Park officers were called in to assist with the ongoing civil unrest.
Safety of our residents and businesses is our top priority and we also support our community members’ rights to peacefully protest. The criminal behavior we witnessed last night will not be tolerated. We are partnering with our regional, state and federal officials to prevent such activity from occurring again.
To assist us in maintaining order, Governor Tim Walz issued a curfew in all metro counties, including Hennepin County and Ramsey County, that has been in effect since 7:00 p.m. tonight (Monday April 12) until 6 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday April 13).
We are with you. Please stay vigilant and report any unusual or criminal activity.