Brooklyn Center, MINN — (12-23-21) — Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright earlier this year after shouting “Taser,” was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter.
Officers who testified in the trial said they pulled Daunte Wright over in April after noticing that he had been driving with an expired tag and an air freshener illegally hanging from his rearview mirror.
Once officers ran his ID, they tried to arrest him after their check came back with a warrant for his arrest regarding a misdemeanor weapons violation.
Wright reportedly struggled against officers who tried to get him out of the car. That’s when Kim Potter could be heard saying “Taser” three times in body camera footage while brandishing her gun toward him.
A use-of-force expert testifying for the prosecution argued otherwise during the trial.
“The use of deadly force was not appropriate and the evidence suggests a reasonable officer in Officer Potter’s position could not have believed it was proportional to the threat at the time,” said University of South Carolina School of Law professor Seth Stoughton on the stand.
Potter is now facing 15 years in prison for first degree manslaughter and 10 years for her second-degree manslaughter conviction.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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