The police officer – Kim Potter- who fatally shot twenty-year old Duante Wright Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, during a routine traffic stop, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Potter, a twenty-six year veteran, resigned from the BCP on Tuesday. On Wednesday she was released on a 100,000 bond. She could face up to ten years in prison if convicted, a 20,000 fine or both.
Brooklyn Center police released body cam footage of the incident, in which Potter and the other officer present – Anthony Luckey – were attempting to take Wright into custody. Potter can be heard shouting,”Taser, taser, taser! Holy shit, I just shot him!” Potter is alleged to have mistaken her firearm for a taser.
They were attempting to take Wright into custody over a warrant that had been issued on April 02, according to a report by the Star Tribune. Wright had failed to make an initial court appearance in March on misdemeanor charges of carrying a gun without a permit. The charges were from a June 2020 incident in which Wright attempted to elude the police, also a misdemeanor.
The Wright family has retained civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who was also the attorney for the George Floyd family.
At a Tuesday press conference, Benjamin Crump said, “It’s unacceptable. It was intentional they stopped him. It was intentional they used the most force. They could have given him a ticket. That’s what they do in traffic citations. It reminds you of George Floyd. They could have given him a ticket for that. But when it’s black people in America, they engage in the most use of force and it ends up with deadly consequences. And that’s why we’re here today.”
A statement by the Wright family reads: “While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Duante, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. Driving while black continues to result in a death sentence. A twenty-six year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm.”