Ex-officer Kim Potter charged over killing of Daunte Wright

Ex-officer Kim Potter charged over killing
Kim Potter was held at Hennepin County Jail before being released on bail. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A former police officer who shot dead a black motorist Daunte Wright in the state of Minnesota, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors say.

Kim Potter, who is white, was arrested and later released on $100,000 (£72,000) bail.

The former police officer says she shot Daunte Wright accidentally, having mistakenly drawn her gun instead of her Taser.

The Wright family’s lawyer Ben Crump said the killing was an “intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force”.

Both Mrs Potter and police chief Tim Gannon have resigned after the incident. The killing has sparked clashes between protesters and police in Brooklyn Center and late on Wednesday, several hundred demonstrators again defied a curfew to gather outside police headquarters.

Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, a city already on edge amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white ex-police officer accused and charged of murdering African-American George Floyd.

Mrs Potter was taken into custody on Wednesday morning at the BCA in St Paul, according to Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

The ex-officer was booked into Hennepin County Jail on probable cause second-degree manslaughter before bail was posted.

Mrs Potter is due to make her first court appearance on Thursday.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Prosecutors must show that Mrs Potter was “culpably negligent” and took an “unreasonable risk” in her actions.

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