Protesters took to the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where the Daunte Wright family says he was shot by police after a traffic jam.


BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Kim Potter, the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright at a traffic jam in a suburb of Minneapolis, is a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Potter was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder, officials said. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput issued a press release detailing the criminal complaint.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Potter was arrested Wednesday morning.

Potter sent $ 100,000 bond Wednesday night and was released from Hennepin County Jail, online records show. She is scheduled to go to trial Thursday afternoon.

If convicted, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison and a $ 20,000 fine under Minnesota law.

Former police chief Tim Gannon, who withdrew Tuesday, said he thought Potter was mistakenly reaching for his firearm instead of her Taser when she shot Wright, a 20-year-old black man, during a traffic stop Sunday. Pots, which are white, also withdrew Tuesday.

Intention is not a necessary component of second-degree homicide in Minnesota. The indictment can be used in circumstances where a person is suspected of having caused a death of “guilty negligence”, which creates an unreasonable risk and deliberately takes chances to cause a person’s death.

Wright’s family has called for Potter to be held accountable, saying they could not accept the police report of the incident as “an accident.”

The Hennepin County attorney handed the case to the Orput office under an agreement between prosecutors in the area to refer cases of police use of lethal force to other offices.

Potter is represented by Earl Gray, a lawyer who also represents Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.

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Here’s what we know about Potter:

Potter withdrew ‘in the best interests of society’, the letter says

In a resignation letter with a paragraph, Potter said she loved her job but felt compelled to resign.

“I have loved every minute to be a police officer and serve this community to the best of my ability, but I think it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my officers if I resign immediately,” Potter wrote.

Potter, 48, began working at the Brooklyn Center in 1995, according to the Star Tribune. She was named president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officer’s Association in 2019, the newspaper reported.

In 2014, Potter and other officers were awarded the Medal of Merit for their response to a house fire, according to KARE-TV.

Potter retired the same day as Gannon, both of whom faced increasing pressure from society to resign.

Before Potter resigned, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called for her to be fired. Former City Manager Curt Boganey said Monday that Potter deserved “due process,” but Elliott announced shortly after Boganey was fired.

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Potter was a field training officer during Wright’s traffic stop

Star Tribune and KARE-TV reported that Potter stopped training on a rookie officer during Sunday.

Potter’s body-worn camera footage shows her standing behind Wright’s vehicle as one officer approaches the driver’s side and another approaches the passenger’s side.

When Wright gets out of the car, the officer on the driver’s side starts arresting him, but seems to stop for a moment. Wright then pulls away and gets back in the car when a fight occurs. Potter is heard shouting, “I want to tease you! I want to tease you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before she fired. She then says, “Holy (explicitly), I just shot him,” as Wright drives away.

Potter involved in the 2019 shooting

Potter was one of the first officers on the scene of a fatal police shooting in 2019 when officers shot an autistic man, Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who had allegedly grabbed a knife, the Star Tribune reported.

The newspaper, citing an investigation report from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, reported that Potter told two officers involved in the shooting to “leave the residence, go into separate team cars, turn off their body-worn cameras and not talk to each other.”

Contribution: Jorge L. Ortiz, Associated Press

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