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Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on April 11, 2021. The city’s police chief said that officer Kim Potter, a 26-year police veteran, had intended to stun the man with her Taser gun but accidentally drew her handgun instead and fired once.
According to Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, officers pulled Mr. Wright over on the afternoon of April 11 for a traffic violation related to expired registration tags. Officers then discovered that he had a warrant for his arrest. (Source: www.nytimes.com)
On April 12, officials identified the police officer who shot Mr. Wright as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Ms. Potter, 48, then resigned from the police, her union said in a statement the following day, when Chief Gannon also announced his resignation.
FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff shows Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer. Minnesota prosecutors filed a more serious charge Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, against the former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, but it is not the murder charge that activists were seeking. Potter is now charged with first-degree manslaughter, in addition to a prior charge of second-degree manslaughter. (Hennepin County Sheriff via AP, File) (Source: apnews.com)
A Minnesota judge has denied a defense request to dismiss the most serious charge against a former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she meant to use a Taser instead of a handgun when she fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright (Source: abcnews.go.com)