/Police officer who shot Daunte Wright in traffic stop charged with manslaughter

Police officer who shot Daunte Wright in traffic stop charged with manslaughter

A police officer who fatally shot a young black motorist during a traffic stop has been charged with manslaughter.

The shooting in Minnesota, near to where George Floyd’s murder trial is being heard, ignited three days of unrest and the officer went on to quit.

On Wednesday she was charged with second-degree manslaughter and released hours later on a $100,000 bond.

Kimberly Potter, 48, a 26-year department veteran, is due to appear at court on Thursday. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The fatal incident happened on Sunday in Brooklyn Centre, just outside Minneapolis.

Kim Potter
She is a force veteran of some 26 years before she quit
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Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over for what police said was an expired vehicle registration, before struggling with police.

He was shot to death by Potter, who drew her handgun instead of a Taser in what officials called an ‘accident.’

In a police video of the shooting, Potter shouts: “Taser, Taser, Taser!” as she draws her weapon and opens fire on Mr Wright in his car after he had just pulled away from a fellow officer.

City Police Chief Jim Gannon, who also resigned on Tuesday, has said the shooting appeared to have been accidental.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office, which brought the case, said Potter was acting as her partner’s field training officer at the time of the shooting.

“Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,” Imran Ali, head of the county attorney’s major crimes unit, said in a statement.

Daunte Wright
His death took place just miles from where the George Floyd murder trial is taking place
Daunte Wright
He was shot and killed on Sunday
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Mr Wright died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, the coroner concluded in an autopsy that ruled the case a homicide.

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, representing Mr Wright’s family said: “This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force.

“Driving while black continues to result in a death sentence.”

The shooting escalated tensions in a region already on edge over the ongoing trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the use of deadly force last May against George Floyd.

Protesters assembled outside Brooklyn Centre police headquarters for a third night on Tuesday, some throwing bottles and other projectiles over a fence surrounding the building.

Protesters gather outside outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department
The death rocked the community and sparked protests
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A protester poses for a portrait outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department
The city’s mayor has called for calm
(Image: TIM EVANS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Officers fired tear gas, non-lethal rounds and flash-bang rounds, to disperse the crowd.

Mayor Mike Elliott said the local sheriff’s office, rather than city police, oversaw crowd-control operations on Tuesday night.

He added: “Gassing, in my opinion, is not a humane way of policing.”

Urging demonstrators to remain peaceful he said: “The eyes of the world are on Brooklyn Centre.”

Earlier he joined a small gathering of Mr Wright’s relatives and supporters at a newly erected memorial, featuring a wooden sculpture of a clenched fist, near the spot where he was slain.

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