The United States Government have imposed curfew on Minneapolis, a city in Minnesota following shooting by police officer that led to death of a young Black man which dramatically escalating tensions in the US city.
The decision was said to have been reached as pary of measures aimed at preventing further breakdown of law and order across the state following the avoidable loss of life.
As stated, the curfew which takes immediate effect would begin by 7 pm on Monday night, would lapse during early hours on Tuesday.
Reacting to the development, the Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, said that the curfew had become imperative in calming the rising tension across the city.
“I have declared a state of emergency in the city of Minneapolis, and we are following that up with a curfew that will begin at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) tonight (and) go until 6:00 am tomorrow morning,” he told a press conference.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the curfew would also be enforced in the twin city of St. Paul and surrounding communities including Hennepin County, where 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed Sunday when a police officer mistakenly used her gun instead of a taser during a confrontation.
Minneapolis, the largest city in the US state of Minnesota, was already on edge because it is in the midst of the murder trial of George Floyd, an African American who died last May 25 after a white police officer placed his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.
The killing of Floyd sparked a series of protests across the nation, some of them violent, and led to an ongoing racial reckoning in America.
On his part, US President, Joe Biden, has called for an end to systemic racism in the country. But on Monday, while describing the shooting of Wright as “tragic,” Biden warned against violent protests and said that people should wait for a full investigation to be conducted on the matter.
Earlier in the day authorities in Brooklyn Center, where Wright was killed, released police body camera footage that shows an officer shoot Wright after he tried to escape during a traffic stop.
Explaining the footage, the Brooklyn Center police chief said that the officer mixed up her firearm with the taser she had been meaning to use.