Daunte Wright Death – Obituary : On April 11, former Minnesota officer shot and killed a Black man named Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.
Following the fatal shooting, Kim Potter who is the officer accused in the killing of Wright was faced with a second-degree manslaughter. In a latest legal proceedings, the accused officer is now charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Who is Kim Potter?
She was a former Minnesota police officer. She had served in the force for 26 years before resigning after fatally shooting a man during a traffic stop. The man shot and killed by Potter was identified as 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
Who is Daunte Wright and where was he killed?
Daunte was the 20-year-old man shot and killed by ex-officer Potter. He was shot to death 14 miles north of where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin in 2020.
The killing of Floyd sparked a worldwide outrage, triggering and intensifying the Black Lives Matters movement.
Was the killing of Daunte Wright by ex-officer Potter intentional?
According to Tim Gannon who was the police chief at the time Wright was fatally shot, the shooting must have been done out of mistake. Gannon believed Potter mistakenly drew her handgun instead of Taser stun device.
A video record gotten from a body-camera which was released by the police showed Wright attempting to get back in his car and a female voice shouts “Taser!”
The same female voice could be heard later saying, “Holy s— I just shot him,” as the car pulled away, police have said. The indictment says that she also said, “I grabbed the wrong f—ing gun.” Nbcnews reported.
Following the fatal shooting of Wright, Potter had been in the police force resigned from her longtime career.
The new charge is first-degree manslaughter by recklessly handling a firearm, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office said.
The charge of first-degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Second-degree manslaughter carries up to 10 years. That count is based on alleged negligence that created an unreasonable risk of causing great death or great bodily harm to Wright, court documents say.