Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Daunte Wright Charged With Manslaughter
Kim Potter, the police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Minnesota, was charged with second-degree manslaughter on April 14.
Potter was arrested around 11:30 a.m. in Minnesota and booked in Hennepin County jail.
Wright was driving in Brooklyn Center outside of Minneapolis when police stopped him for expired registration tags on April 11.
Potter learned that Wright had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and tried to take him into custody.
Wright got back into his car when Potter tried to take him into custody; she announced that she would use a taser on him but instead pulled her 9mm handgun.
Potter pulled the trigger, shooting and killing Wright.
According to ABC News, the attorneys representing Wright’s family released a statement on April 14 regarding Potter’s actions.
“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force,” the attorneys said in a statement.
“A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant.”
Potter submitted her resignation on April 13 after the shooting on Sunday.
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter’s resignation stated.
In Minnesota, a second-degree manslaughter conviction has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.