On April 11th of, 2021, Police Officer Kim Potter shot and killed Duante Wright during a traffic stop. The officer claimed that she had tried to pull her taser but had used her gun by mistake.
In late December, Potter was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter. The typical sentence for that crime is 7 years in jail. Potter was sentenced to just two. During a Friday night appearance The Reid Out, Elie Mystal decried the lenient sentence.
Mystal told Joy Reid:
“Joy, this country hates us. This country hates Black people, and we know it. We talk about it. We joke about it. We know what we’re up against. But sometimes that hatred that this country has for us really comes out and just takes your breath away, just grabs you by the neck and just takes your breath away. And today Judge Regina Chu was that hatred, that icy hatred around our throat. She was the spit in our face today, to have the unmitigated gall to stand up there, sit up there in her courtroom and plead, cry out for sympathy for the killer in front of that boy’s mother.”
.@ElieNYC on Kim Potter being sentenced to 2 years in prison for killing #DaunteWright: "Judge Chu wants us to look at things through Potter's eyes? I say no. I will look at things through Daunte Wright's eyes. I can imagine the last thing Daunte Wright saw." #TheReidOut #reiders pic.twitter.com/st2Ns30srg
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) February 19, 2022
The MSNBC contributor continued, “I don’t have words to describe how offensive that is, how hurtful that is, how unjust that is almost goes without saying,” he said. “People are like, oh, she made a mistake, Potter made a mistake. Yeah, we have a sentencing guideline for this kind of mistake, it’s called six to eight years. Why did she get two years? Of course, we all know why she got two years, because she was a crying White woman. That’s why she got two years, and not the six to eight years that her crime cried out for
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