BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. –Kim Potter, the officer who killed Daunte Wright at a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis, is a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Potter was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second degree manslaughter, officials said. Washington County District Attorney Pete Orput issued a press release with details of the criminal complaint.
The Minnesota Criminal Apprehension Bureau said Potter was arrested Wednesday morning.
Potter posted a $ 100,000 bond Wednesday night and was released from the Hennepin County jail, according to online records. She is due to appear in court for the first time on Thursday afternoon.
If convicted, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 20,000, under Minnesota law.
Former police chief Tim Gannon, who resigned on Tuesday, said he believed Potter mistakenly grabbed his gun instead of his Taser when she shot Wright, a 20-year-old black man , during a traffic stop on Sunday. Potter, who is white, also resigned on Tuesday.
Intent is not a necessary component of second degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of having caused death through “culpable negligence” which creates unreasonable risk and knowingly takes risks to cause the death of a person.
Wright’s family called Potter to account and said they could not accept the police account of the incident as “an accident”.
The Hennepin County District Attorney referred the case to Orput’s office, in accordance with an agreement between area prosecutors to refer cases of police use of lethal force to other offices.
Potter is represented by Earl Gray, a lawyer who also represents Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
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Here’s what we know about Potter:
Potter quits ‘in the best interest of the community’, says letter
In a one-paragraph resignation letter, Potter said she loved her job but felt compelled to quit.
“I loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter wrote.
Potter, 48, started working at the Brooklyn Center in 1995, according to the Star Tribune. She was named president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officers Association in 2019, the newspaper reported.
In 2014, Potter and other officers received the Medal of Merit for their response to a house fire, according to KARE-TV.
Potter resigned the same day as Gannon, who both faced increasing pressure in the community to resign.
Before Potter resigned, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called for his dismissal. Former city manager Curt Boganey said on Monday Potter deserved “due process,” but Elliott announced shortly after that Boganey had been fired.
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Potter was a field training officer during the Wright traffic stop
The Star Tribune and KARE-TV reported that during Sunday’s shutdown, Potter was training a rookie officer in the field.
Camera footage worn by Potter’s body shows her standing behind Wright’s vehicle as one officer approaches from the driver’s side and another from the passenger side.
As Wright exits the car, the officer on the driver’s side begins to stop him but appears to stop momentarily. Wright walks away and gets into the car as a fight ensues. Potter can be heard shouting, “I’m going to Taser you! I will Taser you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing. She then says, “Holy (expletive), I just shot him” as Wright walks away.
Potter involved in the 2019 filming
Potter was one of the first officers at the scene of a fatal police shooting in 2019, when officers shot dead man with autism, Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who allegedly grabbed a knife, the Star Tribune reported.
The newspaper, citing an investigative report from the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office, reported that Potter told two officers involved in the shooting to “get out of the residence, get into separate cars, turn off their cameras. bodily and not to talk to each other. ” “
Contribution: Jorge L. Ortiz, The Associated Press