Officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested and charged with 2nd degree manslaughter

by Peter Heck · Apr 15th, 2021 8:42 am
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Last Updated Apr 17th, 2021 at 11:07 am

Kim Potter, the 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota who shot and killed Daunte Wright as he attempted to flee from arrest, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter .

In body cam footage of the incident, Potter appears to believe she is preparing to use her Taser against Wright when instead she is holding her gun. After discharging the weapon, Potter expresses shock that she shot Wright.

Potter, who resigned from the police force a day after Wright's death, was arrested on Wednesday before posting bond.

If convicted, Potter could face up to 10 years in prison.

Ben Crump, the attorney representing the family of Daunte Wright, was dissatisfied with the charges. He said that he believes Potter's actions were intentional.

"A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm," Crump said in a statement. "Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant. Daunte's life, like George Floyd's life, like Eric Garner's, like Breonna Taylor's, like David Smith's meant something. But Kim Potter saw him as expendable."


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