April 12th, local time, U.S. President Biden expressed his position on the shooting of Wright, an African-American man by Minnesota police officers, calling on people to remain calm and carry out “peaceful protests”. Biden told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House that he had talked to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and the Brooklyn Central City Police Department about the shooting of Wright, an African-American man, on the 11th, but he had not yet talked to Wright’s family.
Biden said that the case is still under investigation, and whether it was accidental or intentional by the police officers involved remains to be fully investigated. He said that the “peaceful protest” approach is understandable, but there is “absolutely no reason” to carry out robbery and violence.
Wright’s death occurred during the police officer asked him to stop for an inquiry because his vehicle license plate registration expired, which triggered strong protests and demonstrations from local residents. On the evening of the 11th, demonstrators in central Brooklyn shouted Wright’s name and climbed up the sign on the building of the police headquarters to protest. Local police used tear gas and flash bombs to disperse the crowd and deployed the National Guard. Biden said the district already had federal resources to help with the protests if needed.
According to local media reports, on the afternoon of the 12th local time, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced that the two cities would impose curfews from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time on the 12th.