BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The former police officer who shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the killings that sparked protests. Three nights in this Minneapolis suburb.
Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, will be held in custody until she comes to court for the first time on Thursday, Washington County Attorney Peter Orput said. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison under Minnesota law. Nong Potter resigned on Tuesday.
Police have explained that the shooting of Mr. Wright was an accident. MP Potter mistook her gun as a Taser; Camera footage showed Potter, 48, shouting the word Taser multiple times before shooting her gun.
“Potter agent dismisses her responsibility for protecting the public when she uses firearms instead of Taser,”; Imran Ali, assistant chief of the criminal division in the Washington County prosecutor’s office, said in a statement. The killing of Mr. Wright was illegal and she was responsible. “
Ms. Potter’s attorney, Earl Gray, did not respond to a request for comment. His fees are paid by the Legal Defense Fund for the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, a statewide group representing ranks and files of municipal police officers.