Kim Potter charged with second-degree manslaughter for death of Daunte Wright

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(MINNESOTA) — Kim Potter, the ex-police officer accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, according to authorities.

Potter was arrested Wednesday morning and was booked into Minnesota’s Hennepin County Jail.  

The 48-year-old officer had been a veteran of the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Police Department for 26 years and submitted her resignation on Tuesday.

The ex-officer claimed she thought she was deploying her Taser during the fatal altercation with Wright, shooting him in the chest after he was pulled over for an expired registration tag on his car.  

The 20-year-old was shot when he tried evading arrest for an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant.

Authorities on scene said there was a struggle as Wright tried getting back into his car and, Body Camera Footage taken during the incident, Potter shouted “Taser, Taser, Taser” — but instead pulled the trigger of her handgun.

Prosecutors say Body Camera Footage also caught Potter’s reaction upon firing, with her saying, “S***, I just shot him.”

Prosecutor’s say Potter’s Taser was holstered on the left side of her belt and her gun was on the right side — both of which were facing her back.

Said prosecutors, “The Taser is yellow with a black grip. Also, the Taser is set in a straight-draw position, meaning Potter would have to use her left hand to pull the Taser out of its holster.”

“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force,” Attorneys Benjamin Crump, Jeff Storms and Antonio Romanucci, who are representing Wright’s family, said in a statement. “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.”

Should Potter be convicted on second-degree manslaughter, she faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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