Former Police Officer Kim Potter, Charged for Daunte Wright’s Death, Makes First Court Appearance

Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter, charged in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, made her first court appearance on April 15.

Potter, who is white, is charged with second-degree manslaughter for shooting Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, last April 11. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The 26-year veteran appeared in a virtual court hearing that lasted for about five minutes. She was not asked about her intended plea or about the shooting incident.

Hennepin County Judge Paul Scoggin scheduled the next court hearing on May 17 and ordered Potter to not use firearms or explosives for the duration of her case.

Attorney Earl Gray, who represents one of the former officers charged for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, also represents Potter.

Meanwhile, Attorney Benjamin Crump represents Wright’s family, who called for “full accountability” for Wright’s death.

“All this family is striving for is to get full accountability, get equal justice,” Crump said at a briefing.

Potter, 48, resigned two days after the shooting incident, along with Police Chief Tim Gannon, who said that she mistakenly used her gun instead of her taser when she confronted Wright.

Police tried to arrest Wright last April 11 after they pulled him over for having expired license plates and discovering that he had a warrant. In Potter’s body camera footage, she can be heard yelling “taser” several times before firing her gun at Wright in close range.

Officers arrested Potter last April 14, but she was later released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

Protesters have gathered to the streets following the shooting. Police have arrested over 100 people, some of which were on charges of curfew violations.


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