A former Minneapolis police officer is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force who fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday (April 11) was officially charged by authorities on Wednesday (April 14). Washington County Attorney Pete Oprut’s office declared her charges, days after the police said the shooting was accidental. Both Potter and her former police chief, Tim Gannon, have resigned from their positions in the wake of the shooting.
Wright’s death on Sunday set off a wave of protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The city is less than 20 miles outside of Minneapolis, where the city is the host to Derek Chauvin’s murder trial and opened yet another discussion of how Black men and women are treated by the police across the country.
In her resignation letter, Potter wrote, she “loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community,” but said that she believed “it is in the best interest of the community, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
Protest Erupts In Minneapolis After Officer Kills Black Motorist Daunte Wright
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"He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror," Daunte Wright's mother said.— Melissa Pamer (@mpamer) April 12, 2021
He called his mother as police pulled him over while he was driving the car his family had given him two weeks earlier https://t.co/AHuzja52wv
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Don’t know many details yet, but the pattern of black men being killed by police in traffic stops while white men are taken into custody alive after mass shootings is so striking. It’s not coincidence. #brooklyncenter— Dimitri Drekonja (@Ddrekonja) April 12, 2021
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Mother Katie Wright sent me this photo of her son with her grandson Daunte Jr. He’ll be 2 years old in July. pic.twitter.com/w07STKOmks— Kim Hyatt (@kimvhyatt) April 11, 2021
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It's fucking crazy how ANY gathering to protest police brutality and racism is declared an unlawful assembly but storming the Capitol, Nazi and anti mask rallies are cool #brooklyncenter— 🏴☠️ꓘПӨ53ᄂF (@NO53LF) April 12, 2021
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White Boulder shooter kills 10, including a cop, gets taken alive.— LLORT_OT_NROBER (@LlortOt) April 12, 2021
Black dude gets pulled over, didn't kill anyone, gets murdered by cops.
But yeah, there's no problem with systemic racism in this country.#brooklyncenter #TwinCities #BlackLivesMatter