The cop who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday will face criminal prosecution for the young Black father’s untimely death, The New York Times reported on Wednesday afternoon.
Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, a local prosecutor told the outlet:
Pete Orput, the top prosecutor in Washington County, said in an email to The New York Times that the complaint would be filed later on Wednesday. Ms. Potter’s lawyer, Earl Gray, did not respond to a request for comment.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state agency that investigates police killings in Minnesota, said that Ms. Potter had been arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday morning and would be booked into the Hennepin County Jail.
This is the same indictment (among several) for which former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is currently facing trial over the 2020 slaying of George Floyd.
According to Potter’s body camera footage, which then-Police Chief Tim Gannon released ahead of schedule because “needed to know what happened,” Potter had intended to use her Taser to subdue Wright.
Instead, she “accidentally” grabbed her gun and fired when Wright got back into his car and drove away, eventually hitting another vehicle.
Potter and Gannon both resigned from the force on Tuesday.
The Times added:
Under Minnesota statutes, second-degree manslaughter can apply in cases where someone has created “unreasonable risk” and kills another person through their negligence. The maximum punishment for a second-degree manslaughter conviction is 10 years in prison, though sentencing guidelines call for about four years for someone with no criminal history.
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