MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer, Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright 20 years old.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput released the charges on Wednesday, saying Potter, 48, was arrested by Minnesota Criminal Arrests agents and placed in the Hennepin County Detention Center. She was released just hours later after posting a $ 100,000 bond.
“Certain careers carry a huge responsibility and no one more than a policeman has taken an oath,” said Imran Ali, assistant chief of criminals for Washington County and director of the Major Crime Unit. “With that responsibility comes a lot of opinions and accountability. We will strongly prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter has abandoned responsibility for public protection when she used a gun instead of her Taser. Her actions caused the illegal murder of Mr. Wright and she is held accountable ”.
Ali said he and Orput met with the family and expressed their deepest sympathies and ensured that they “would not regret the resources to seek justice for Mr. Wright.”
Second degree murder is defined by Minnesota law as “when someone acts negligently, creating an unreasonable risk of death or major bodily harm”. Rachel Moran, an associate professor of law at the University of St. Mary. Thomas, explain more about that.
“It really makes more sense than an accident that any normal person has,” Moran 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, ”said Crump. “Driving while Black continues 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 saw 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
Potter is a former white officer who shot and killed Wright, a black man, during a traffic stop on Sunday. She is a 26 year veteran working at the Brooklyn Central Police Department. Potter and Sheriff Tim Gannon have since resigned.
Police released the camera footage of the incident on Monday. Gannon, who was still the sheriff at the time, said that he believes Potter intends to deploy her Taser in the fatal incident.
“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.”
The allegation provides a lot of comparison with previous cases involving the deadly shootings of police in Minnesota. And with those comparisons, many community activists are thinking Potter’s fee isn’t enough. Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on US-Islamic Relations, compared it to the 2017 case involving former Minneapolis police Mohamed Noor in the shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
“This officer, apparently the one who drew a gun, and even a Taser, killed this young man Daunte Wright. Apparently it was a murder, ”says Hussein.
Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“That’s a difference from Officer Noor. A black policeman was charged with killing a white woman, and he was found guilty, “Moran said.
But in 2017, the former St. Officer Anthony Jeromino Yanez was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter for killing Philando Castile, also during a traffic stop.
“Minnesota has a history of pardoning police officers who killed Black Men. There’s no denying that, and we need to talk about it, ”says Hussein.
Fees can still be upgraded.
“I think the crime of third degree murder could be something that might suit here, and many can look forward to,” Moran said.
Potter was charged in Hennepin County on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the complaint, the incident began at 1:53 p.m. on Sunday when Brooklyn Central Police Officer Anthony Luckey and his field training officer, Potter, passed a white Buick at 63 Avenue. North and North Orchard Avenue.
Police Luckey examined the driver’s identification, was later publicly identified as Daunte Wright, and determined that he had a warrant for a misdemeanor.
Luckey and Potter then asked Wright out of the car and put his hands behind his back, which Wright did. Luckey then told Wright he was being arrested for the pending order. At the time, Luckey and Wright were standing just outside the open driver’s side door, and Potter was standing behind and on Luckey’s right.
Wright then left the officers and returned to the driver’s seat, while Luckey continued to maintain physical control over Wright. Potter then said she would Taser Wright, the lawsuit said, and then pulled out her Glock 9mm handgun with her right hand. While pointing it at Wright, she repeated that she was going to use Taser on Wright and then shouted “Taser, Taser, Taser” before pulling the trigger of her pistol. One round goes on the left side of Wright.
Wright said “ah, he shot me” and the car then drove off a short distance before crashing into another car and stopping, the lawsuit said. After she opened fire, Potter said “S – t, I just shot him!” Wright is presumed dead at the scene.
Following the timeline of the events outlined in the complaint, six seconds passed between Potter saying she would shoot Taser Wright when she fired a shot from her pistol.
A Minnesota Criminal Investigation Department investigator collected and examined Potter’s duty belt, and found that her handgun was placed on the right side of the belt and her Taser was on the left. . The handles, or Taser’s handle and Potter’s rear-facing pistol, and the Taser are yellow with black hilt. The investigator notes that Taser is in a straightening position, which means that she will have to use her left hand to pull the Taser out of the holster.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has since determined Wright died of a bullet wound and his death was a murder.
Earl Gray, Potter’s defense attorney, said he had no comment when contacted by phone on Wednesday. Gray also represents Yanez in the trial of him for the death of Castile, and he will represent former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane in trial this summer on George Floyd’s death.
If Potter is found guilty of second degree murder, she could face up to 10 years in prison. She will appear in court for the first time at 1:30 pm on Thursday.
More than 60 people were arrested after one Tuesday night of protesters clashed with police in Central Brooklyn about Wright shooting and killing.