Former Minnesota Police Officer To Be Charged In Death Of Daunte Wright

Written by on April 14, 2021

A Minneapolis-area police officer was arrested on Wednesday after she shot and killed Daunte Wright, 20, final weekend throughout a visitors cease, officers stated. 

Washington County Legal professional Pete Orput stated he plans to cost former Brooklyn Heart officer Kim Potter with second-degree manslaughter. He’s anticipated to launch extra data later Wednesday. The case was despatched to the workplace to keep away from a battle of curiosity with the Hennepin County Legal professional’s Workplace, which works carefully with Brooklyn Heart police on felony instances, as first reported by KSTP-TV on Tuesday.

Potter can be booked into Hennepin County Jail.

Potter fatally shot Wright on Sunday after pulling him over for a visitors violation. Throughout a wrestle captured on now-released body-cam video, she drew her service weapon and repeatedly yelled “Taser!” earlier than capturing a single bullet in Wright’s chest. 

Potter provided her resignation in a letter to metropolis officers on Tuesday, saying it was “in the very best curiosity of the group, the division, and my fellow officers if I resign instantly.” She had labored for the division for 26 years.

Brooklyn Heart Police Chief Tim Gannon additionally stepped down on Tuesday. He stated at a information convention the day before today that he thought Potter unintentionally shot Wright together with her firearm when she meant to make use of her Taser.

On Monday, the Brooklyn Heart Metropolis Council voted to fireside Metropolis Supervisor Curt Boganey, who was in command of police personnel, and put Mayor Mike Elliott in command of the police division. Elliott stated Tuesday that he had requested Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) to reassign Wright’s case to “guarantee transparency and to proceed constructing belief in our group.”

The police killing of Wright occurred whereas, a number of miles away in downtown Minneapolis, the trial continued for former police officer Derek Chauvin. He has been charged within the Could 2020 demise of George Floyd, a Black man.

Wright’s demise has rekindled protests towards racial injustice and police brutality that flared final summer season after Floyd’s demise.

Lydia O’Connor contributed to this report. 

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