Video footage of a protester in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, has gone viral, after the protester was seen winking while holding a can of soup during a CNN interview.
Reporting on ongoing protests in response to Daunte Wright’s death after he was shot by a police officer earlier this week, the protester said, “I’ve been here all four nights.”
“I’m just standing here today with soup for my family,” the protestor continued, holding up a can of soup and winking at the camera. “And we’re just watching all of this unfold. It’s very unfortunate,” he continued.
“You’re not planning on using that, are you? Throwing it at the police?” CNN’s Sara Sidner asked.
“Like I said, it’s for my family,” he responded.
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“Protests have persisted in Brooklyn Center for the past four nights over the shooting,” reported The Hill, noting that the clip has gone viral several months after Trump claimed that protestors were throwing cans of soup and tuna fish at police officers during last year’s Black Lives Matter riots.
“They have cans of soup. Soup. And they throw the cans of soup … and then when they get caught they say, ‘No this is soup for my family.’ They’re so innocent. This is soup for my family. It’s incredible,” Trump said at the time.
“Donald Trump’s worst nightmare has come true. On Wednesday, during the fourth night of demonstrations in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, against the police shooting of Daunte Wright, a protester gave an interview clutching a can of soup—and insisted he would use it to nourish his family,” quipped The Daily Beast.
Newsweek appeared to make the same connection, reporting, “A man protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright appeared to taunt authorities on Wednesday when he said he was carrying a can of “soup for my family,” in a nod to complaints former President Donald Trump once made about demonstrators.
Earlier this week, The Daily Wire reported that protests turned into riots in Minneapolis, with “rocks and other objects” thrown at law enforcement officials, while “nearly two dozen businesses were broken into.” A police officer was also transported to a hospital with injuries.
The former police officer who reportedly shot Daunte Wright has “been formally charged with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of Daunte Wright over the weekend, Washington County Attorney Peter Orput announced Wednesday afternoon.”
“Potter, 48, was arrested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension early Wednesday, roughly 24 hours after the city announced she had submitted a letter of resignation. In the letter, Potter said that it was in the best interest of the community, the police department, and her colleagues for her to step down from the police force,” reported The Daily Wire.
According to Minnesota state law, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of second-degree manslaughter, and a maximum fine of $20,000.
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