Former Minnesota Officer Charged in Killing Black Motorist

A former Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after shooting 20-year-old black motorist Daunte Wright.

Kimberly Potter, who resigned from her position on Tuesday alongside the Brooklyn Center Police Department’s chief, was charged the following day. According to the New York Times via Complex, Potter could face up to 10 years in prison.

Potter was detained at Hennepin County Jail but was released on $100,000 bail. According to CNN via Complex, Potter will be making her first court appearance on Tuesday via Zoom.  

The incident that occurred during a traffic stop saw Potter use her handgun rather than her taser she was intending to use. Wright died at the scene and his family are demanding answers. Potter had been employed by the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years and its police resigned police chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”

Source: Complex