MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) Former Brooklyn Center cop, Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, according to the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
Washington County attorney Pete Orput said the complaint was being processed late Wednesday morning.
According to the Minnesota Criminal Alert Bureau (BCA), BCA agents arrested Potter around 11:30 a.m. at BCA in St. Petersburg Paul.
The BCA said Potter will be placed in Hennepin County Prison on possible grounds of second-degree manslaughter, with charges expected to be filed by the end of the day.
“This is still an active and ongoing investigation. The BCA has been and will continue to work with the Washington County Attorney’s Office as the case progresses, ”the BCA said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Wright family, released a statement following his decision to accuse Potter.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can ever be returned to their loved Wright family. This is not an accident. This is an act of deliberate, intentional and unlawful use of force. Driving while Black continued to lead to the death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a commando gun and a handgun. Kim Potter executed Daunte for no more than a minor traffic offense and a misdemeanor warrant. Daunte’s life, like that of George Floyd, like that of Eric Garner, like that of Breonna Taylor, like that of David Smith, mean something. But Kim Potter sees him as a consumer. The time has passed for meaningful change in our country. We will continue to fight for justice for Daunte, for his family, and for all marginalized people. And we will not stop until there is policy and judicial reform that makes sense and until we reach the goal of true equality. “
Officer Kim Potter will be charged with second degree manslaughter (the same charge that Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the Philando Castile shooting). Minnesota law defines manslaughter as a death caused by “blamed negligence” that causes “undue risk.” pic.twitter.com/KVnhBfjq0c
– Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) April 14, 2021
On Monday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that his Washington County counterpart, Orput, will take over the case in the future under a new policy introduced last year. Freeman said the new procedure was in place “to avoid any kind of conflict of interest in handling such cases.”
According to Freeman, the charge will be made by a Washington County attorney after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation completes its investigation.
Potter is a former white officer who shot and killed Wright, a black man, during a traffic stop on Sunday. Potter and Sheriff Tim Gannon have since resigned.
Before resigning, Gannon said he believes Potter, a 26-year veteran working at the Brooklyn Central Police Department, intends to deploy her Taser in the fatal crash.
“When I watch the video and listen to the officer’s orders, I believe the officer intends to deploy their Taser but instead shoots Mr. Wright with one bullet,” said Gannon. “This came to me from what I watched and the police reacted shortly after, which was an accidental shooting that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
Gannon said Wright was pulled in because the tabs expired and that was when police discovered an arrest warrant for him for carrying a gun without a license. Wright had no gun by the time he was dragged over.
More than 60 people were arrested after Tuesday night of protesters clashed with police in the Brooklyn Center for police shooting and killing Wright.