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National Guard Presence Increases in Response to Protests in Brooklyn Center

The Minnesota National Guard said it would double its presence in Brooklyn Center on April 12, in response to protests following the death of Daunte Wright.

In a press conference on Monday, a spokesman for the National Guard said personnel would increase from 500 to more than 1,000 in the area.

This footage, posted on Facebook by Jasmine Booker, shows a large National Guard presence gathered at a car park in Brooklyn Center.

Police used tear gas as demonstrators gathered in large numbers in Brooklyn Center on Monday night, despite a 7 pm curfew.

Demonstrations began after a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on April 11. Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as an “accidental discharge”, saying to reporters that the officer in question drew a hand gun instead of a Taser. Credit: Jasmine Booker via Storyful