Prosecutors announced that Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter who was blamed for shooting and killing Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb after a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force, submitted her letter of resignation Tuesday morning after protests broke out.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed the charges against Potter but a criminal complaint was still being processed.
According to former Police Chief Tim Gannon who resigned with Potter, claimed that the officer accidentally grabbed her firearm when she thought she was holding her taser.
The bodycam footage of the shooting has already been released and is already being investigated.
Wright’s family however rejected the claims and said Potter should be held accountable for Daunte’s death.
The Hennepin County medical examiner said Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide but the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office handed all charging decisions regarding the case to Orput.
If found guilty, Potter could get up to 10 years in prison and/or fined up to $20,000.
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