By: Alyssa Wilson
A judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota, ruled there is probable cause to support a second-degree manslaughter charge against former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. She fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in April 2021 during a traffic stop.
Potter allegedly meant to grab her taser but discharged her gun, shooting Wright in the chest. After the shooting, she resigned from the department along with former police chief Tim Gannon.
Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The officer who shot & killed #DaunteWright has been arrested and booked into jail.
Here’s Kim Potter’s mugshot photos.
— Eric Cox (@EricCoxTV) April 14, 2021
According to NPR, Potter appeared before Judge Regina Chu on Monday. Chu ruled December 6 was a sufficient date for the trial to begin in Hennepin County.
Imran Ali, the prosecutor, said he is still working on when expert witnesses will be available to testify. He also filed a motion to allow cameras in the courtroom for the trial, but defense attorney Earl Gray plans to object.
Wright, a young father, was laid to rest in Minnesota on April 21, 2021. The National Action Network paid for the funeral and Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.
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