10 things you need to know today: April 12, 2021

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1. Protests erupt near Minneapolis after police fatally shoot Black motorist

Hundreds of people protested in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday night after police fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop, inflaming tensions during former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial over George Floyd's death. The motorist was identified as 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, people chanted Wright's name, and some covered the building's sign with graffiti. Officers in riot gear fired a chemical irritant and rubber bullets at the crowd, hitting at least two people and leaving one bleeding from the head, a witness told Reuters. National Guard troops — already in nearby Minneapolis for the Chauvin trial — were deployed to work with police to restore calm.

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