Minneapolis (AP) – Former minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder. For shooting Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black car driver was killed. It is scheduled to appear in court via a video conference on Monday.
Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center official who is white, had a bus trial, known as a pre-sentencing trial on Monday afternoon in the Hennepin County District Court. The purpose of such hearings is to examine the evidence and determine if there is any probable cause for further action.
The youngest son̵7;s father, Wright, died on April 11 after a traffic break. The former Brooklyn Center police chief said he believed Potter intended to use her Taser. On Wright instead of on her pistol. Camera footage shows her shouting “Taser!” Multiple times before shooting. The shooting ignites the unrest. Wright’s family members and protesters wanted prosecutors. To report the murder charge
The shooting comes amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder. As for pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck as the black man said he was suffocating.
Police said Wright was pulled over because of the expired tag. But they attempted to arrest him after finding a prominent arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was a failure to appear before court on charges of escaping officers and having an unauthorized gun during a confrontation with Minneapolis police in June.
Police camera footage showed Potter approaching Wright as he stood outside the car while another officer was arresting him. As Wright fights the police, Potter shouts, “I’ll help you! I’ll help you! Taser! Taser! Taser! ”Before firing a single shot from the pistol in her right hand.
The criminal complaint noted that Potter put her pistol on the right and her taser on the left, with the grip facing the rear in removing the Taser, which is yellow and has a colored grip. Black Potter will have to use her left hand, the complaint said.
Intent was not a necessary element of second-degree murder in Minnesota. The charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, can be used in situations where a person is suspected to be the cause of death. It is a “gross negligence” that creates unreasonable risks and the potential for sane death.
Wright’s family attorney, Ben Crump, argued that the shooting was accidental, arguing that experienced officers knew the difference between a Taser and a handgun.Experts say cases of officers who mistakenly shoot a gun instead of a Taser are rare.Usually less than once a year across the country.
The Brooklyn Center was headed for a Potter shoot when she resigned shortly after filming.The city’s police chief has also resigned after the city council sacked the city manager.
Find the full AP’s death report of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright.