The former police officer who shot dead twenty-year-old Daunte Wright last month will stand trial for her actions, new reports have revealed.
Here's the full story...
The incident took place in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, on Sunday, April 11th.
Daunte Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation and was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant.
However, Wright attempted to escape as the police officers were handcuffing him...
And, instead of pulling out her taser, Officer Kim Potter "accidentally" pulled out her handgun and proceeded to shoot Wright in the chest.
Wright sped away in his car but only made it for a few blocks due to his gunshot wound.
Tragically, he died shortly afterwards.
As the news of his death broke, people from all across the country acted out of both horror and outrage.
Prayers are not enough. Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs… https://t.co/IQUmYBw01B— Vice President Kamala Harris (@Vice President Kamala Harris)1618281291.0
@TaylorAlderson1 @therecount why were there guns involved in the first place, for a situation that started with an… https://t.co/Fv4n0rzuxl— lydia (@lydia)1618251189.0
@krittercrews @therecount This is pathetic that two "trained" officer's could not detain a person, they are definitely in the wrong field.— sabresfan (@sabresfan)1618357313.0
Daunte Wright should be alive tonight. And America must respond to the pain and trauma caused by injustices that Bl… https://t.co/0W2cDc2J9O— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@Secretary Pete Buttigieg)1618280333.0
tw // police brutality #DaunteWright, a 20 year old father of a two year old, was killed by police in Brooklyn Ce… https://t.co/eUTv3ge5QA— io⁷ 🔸 (@io⁷ 🔸)1618193743.0
Young people are precious. I think about how funny and sweet my child is. How we worry about them. How beautiful… https://t.co/6TSOTo6ZHL— Gabrielle Miller (@Gabrielle Miller)1618293689.0
*Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, white, walking right by police with his hands up after killing 2 men. They ignore him. * Da… https://t.co/BXCj3YiP2V— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1618279136.0
I am sick to my stomach and infuriated by the killing of #DaunteWright. My heart goes out to his family and every o… https://t.co/Zp0ypSOFGw— Michael Montano (@Michael Montano)1618280128.0
In the days following the tragic event, hundreds of people defied the curfew and gathered at the Brooklyn Center police station in protest of Wright's untimely death.
But sadly, it didn't take long for things to turn violent.
Officers in riot gear fired gas canisters and flash-bang grenades after some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at the station...
And the anger and emotion in the air was undeniable.
Wright's mother, Katie Wright, was also present at the protest.
She later revealed to KARE 11 that she was on the phone with her son as he got pulled over and heard the "scuffle."
"A minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered, who was the passenger in the car, and said that he'd been shot and she put it on the driver's side, and my son was laying there, lifeless. My heart is broken into a thousand pieces... I miss him so much, and it's only been a day. He was my life, he was my son and I can never get that back. Because of a mistake? Because of an accident?"
Kim Potter, a twenty-six-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, was immediately placed on administrative leave following the incident.
Ofc. Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright — but did she know the difference between a handgun and a taser? The facts: ‼️… https://t.co/sLk8sjp8vw— Ben Crump (@Ben Crump)1618288139.0
Defending Potter, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters he believes she had meant to reach for her taser but instead grabbed her gun.
"This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Gannon said, as per BuzzFeed News.
Regardless of his support, however, Potter handed in her resignation days after the incident.
BREAKING: Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter has resigned effective immediately. The information comes from… https://t.co/OTrCge4sB9— Jennifer Mayerle (@Jennifer Mayerle)1618334113.0
She wrote a letter to Mayor Mike Elliott, City Manager Reggie Edwards, and Police Chief Tim Gannon, saying:
"I have 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."
And, just one day on from that...
Breaking on @MSNBC: Kim Potter to be charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter in the Daunte Wright case. @NBCNews— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1618416660.0
She was formally charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The charging decision came at the end of what Washington County Attorney Pete Orpu described as a "thorough yet expedited" investigation into the shooting by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Kim Potter is already out on $100k bail. https://t.co/UHzeTsOerW https://t.co/osszkK7r97— Woobie🦋Tuesday (@Woobie🦋Tuesday)1618448588.0
A second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Her bail was set at $100,000, though she paid this and was released to await her court date from home.
But now, her trial date has been set.
The trial of Kim Potter, the ex-US cop who shot Daunte Wright, will begin on December 6 https://t.co/bWsjMyikep https://t.co/NPLlS2354k— Al Jazeera English (@Al Jazeera English)1621295104.0
In a brief hearing yesterday afternoon, Hennepin County District Court Judge Regina M. Chu found that there was probable cause for the second-degree manslaughter charge brought by prosecutors following the shooting.
She then scheduled the trial to begin on December 6th, 2021.
Potter will remain free on $100,000 bond until then.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.