Thousands of people took part in protest activities -- staged Friday and some continuing into early Saturday morning – reported in a number of major US cities, including Oakland, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago and Washington DC, which came in the wake of police killings of 20-year-old African American Daunte Wright in Minneapolis and 13-year-old Hispanic child Adam Toledo in Chicago.
Protesters in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center took part in the sixth straight night of rallies outside police headquarters with smaller demonstrations taking place in downtown Minneapolis.
Police officials had initially declined to declare an evening curfew, after quieter protests on the previous two nights, but following renewed clashes between protesters and police in Brooklyn Center -- during which local authorities claimed a fence around the heavily fortified police headquarters was breached -- an unlawful assembly was declared, resulting in the arrest of at least 100 protesters.
Despite the ruling, however, a number of reporters documented being detained by police later on Friday night but released only after being photographed by officers with their press identification badges.
In Chicago, where the Hispanic child was killed by police, thousands marched in Logan Square neighborhood after the video of Adam being shot while holding his hands up was released this week.
Meanwhile, another protest rally against police brutality that began peacefully in Oakland, California on Friday night, ended with multiple fires set, several cars damaged and numerous windows shattered, according to local press reports.
People in the crowd threw bottles and other objects at officers during the protest march, the reports said, citing a statement issued by Oakland police.
Later in the night authorities declared an unlawful assembly and ordered protesters to leave, the police statement added, noting that the demonstrators dispersed peacefully with no arrests or citations issued.
Also in Portland, Oregon, police authorities declared a riot Friday night following a protest march that was staged after police fatally shot a local man while responding to reports of a person with a gun.
Some witnesses said the man was mentally ill, but Portland’s new street response team – created after last year’s protests to respond to mental crises without armed police – was not called.
The city’s Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis announced earlier in the day that a white man in his 30s was shot and killed by police officer Zachary Delong. The man was pronounced dead at the scene in a residential neighborhood of the city.
Two officers fired a 40mm device that shoots non-lethal projectiles, and DeLong – an eight-year veteran – fired a gun, police authorities added in a statement.