Former Brooklyn Center officer charged in Daunte Wright’s death

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (KLKN) — The Washington County Attorney has charged Kim Potter with 2nd-degree manslaughter in the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

According to a press release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Potter was arrested Wednesday around 11:30 am.

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Attorney Ben Crump, co-counsel Jeff Storms, and Antonio Romanucci have released the following statement concerning Potter’s arrest:

“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force. Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence. 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. 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. It’s past time for meaningful change in our country. We will keep fighting for justice for Daunte, for his family, and for all marginalized people of color. And we will not stop until there is meaningful policing and justice reform and until we reach our goal of true equality.”

Potter’s arrest comes only a day after she voluntarily turned in her resignation, with the Chief Police resigning shortly afterward.

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Potter was a 26-year veteran of the police department and was actually training another officer at the time of the incident.

Wright was originally pulled over for expired registration while driving in Brooklyn Center. During the traffic stop, officials learned he was wanted on a misdemeanor charge and attempted to take him into custody.

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A struggle ensued as Wright tried to get back into the car. According to officials, Potter then mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser, fatally shooting Wright in the chest.

The investigation into this shooting incident is still ongoing.

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