Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department who handed in her badge on Tuesday, was taken into custody by officers from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the agency’s office in St. Paul, near.
The white cop whose fatal shooting at a young black motorist during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb sparked three nights of protests and civil unrest was arrested Wednesday and charged with second degree manslaughter.
Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department who handed in his badge on Tuesday, was taken into custody by officers from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the agency’s office near St. Paul, authorities said.
She was incarcerated in the Hennepin County Jail and charged with second degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, on Sunday at Brooklyn Center, where she will await her first court appearance in the case. prosecutors said in a statement.
Potter, 48, was being held without bail, according to prison records.
Former city police chief Jim Gannon, who also resigned on Tuesday, said police video showed Potter apparently fired his handgun instead of his Taser by mistake when it opened the fire on Wright, after he separated from another officer and got back into his car.
Wright’s family members and their lawyer rejected the idea that an accident was to blame for Wright’s death.
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office said Potter was acting as his partner’s field training officer at the time of the shooting.
“Some professions carry immense responsibility and nothing more than a sworn police officer,” said Imran Ali, deputy head of the criminal division and director of the major crimes unit for the county prosecutor’s office.
“We will vigorously pursue this matter and intend to prove that Constable Potter waived her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser,” he said. “Her action caused the unlawful murder of Mr. Wright, and she must be held responsible.”
Wright was gunned down on Sunday after being arrested for an expired car registration, and officers discovered there was an arrest warrant for him, according to the official police account of the confrontation.
In the police video of the incident, Potter can be heard screaming, “Holy shit, I just shot her” after she fired a single shot that hit Wright in the chest.
To convict Potter of second degree manslaughter under Minnesota law, prosecutors must show that she was “guilty of negligence” and that she took an “unreasonable risk” in her actions against Wright. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 20,000.
Lawyer Benjamin Crump, representing the Wright family, said in a statement Wednesday that the prosecution did not meet a greater need for police reform in the United States.
“While we appreciate the District Attorney’s prosecution for Daunte, no conviction can return the Wright family to a loved one. It was no accident. It was an intentional, deliberate and illegal use of force.
“Drive while Black continues to result in a death sentence,” Crump said.