The police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, after she allegedly confused a handgun and Taser was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The officer resigned Tuesday alongside Police Chief Tim Gannon, who both faced scrutiny for the fatal event. In her resignation letter, Potter said, “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.”
While it seemed to many that Kim Potter resigned with good intentions, another motive has recently been revealed. According to MSN, Potter’s resignation makes her entitled to all accrual and benefits that are due. The City Council had been moving toward firing Potter when she resigned.
Now, the 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police force faces criminal charges. She was arrested earlier in the week but was later freed after posting a $100,000 bond. She is charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Someone convicted of this charge could face up to 10 years in prison and could have to pay up to a $20,000 fine, CNN reported.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot made a statement Wednesday, calling all protestors and those outraged by the killing of the 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright. “My message to all who are demanding justice for [Daunte Wright] and for his family is this: Your voices have been heard, now the eyes of the world are watching Brooklyn Center and I urge you to protest peacefully and without violence,” He said in the statement.
Minneapolis protests have gone on for four straight nights in the suburbs of Brooklyn Center. However, the tension has eased since Kim Potter was charged. Matt Langer, the chief of the Minnesota State Patrol said during a late-night news conference that “we are thankful tonight, the tension and anxiety and the stress seemed to be lowered.”
Only “about 24 arrests” were made last night, which is significantly lower than previous nights. The majority of which, according to Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson, were not residents of Brooklyn Center. There were also no reports of looting or fires.
Daunte Wright’s family, including father, Aubrey, and mother, Katie Wright, called for charges against the officer responsible for their son’s death. What many deemed an accidental discharging of a firearm, the Wright family agrees with their attorney, Benjamin Crump, who claims that “this (shooting) was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force.”
“I can’t accept that – a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right.” Daunte’s father, Aubrey Wright said. “This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”
According to the body-cam footage, while handcuffing Wright for an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge, Daunte slips back into the driver’s seat before officer Potter pulls her Glock 9mm. The officer then warns that she will be firing her taser, shouting “Taser! Taser!”. Then, she pulled the trigger of her handgun, landing a single shot into Daunte’s side before screaming, “Holy sh*t! I just shot him.”
The Police Chief at the time, Tim Gannon said that the footage released to him on Monday made him believe Kim Potter accidentally shot Daunte Wright, mistaking her firearm for her taser. He also explained that Potter’s actions before the shooting were consistent with the department’s training procedures on tasers.
However, CNN reported that the Taser is yellow with a black grip and is set in a straight-draw position. A criminal complaint stated that “Potter would have to use her left hand to pull the Taser out of its holster.” The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Potter’s handgun is holstered on the right side of her belt.