Ex-Minn. Police Officer Charged With Shooting Of Daunte Wright
On Wednesday, prosecutors announced that they will charge former Minnesota Police Officer Kim Potter with second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday.
The charge against former Police Officer Kim Potter will be filed on Wednesday. Potter has said that she intended to use her taser instead of her handgun to subdue Wright and that the shooting was an accident. Video of the incident shows Potter yelling "Taser, taser, taser," before firing.
The charge of second-degree manslaughter can carry up to 10 years in prison and is typically applied when a person is suspected of causing a death by "culpable negligence."
Violent protests over system racism have been ongoing for several days in the already racially tense area.
On Sunday, Daunte Wright, a black man, was pulled over for driving with an expired registration. After being pulled over, officers found that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When the police attempted to arrest him, officers say Mr. Wright reentered the vehicle and an officer fired at the vehicle striking him. The vehicle then traveled several blocks before ultimately hitting another vehicle.
Court records show that Wright's outstanding warrant was for fleeing from law enforcement officers and possession of a gun without a permit.
Wright's family disagrees with the account given by the police saying that he was shot before he reentered the car. Wright's girlfriend, who was with him in the car, sustained minor injuries during the crash.
Wright's mother has called for calm saying "All the violence, if it keeps going it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason."
The incident heightens tension in an already racially tense area as the trial of the first of four police officers involved in George Floyd's death is currently underway.
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