Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – Former Brooklyn Center Police officer charged with manslaughter twice A black man, Dawnte Wright, 20, shot for the first time on Thursday.
Kim Potter has briefly appeared in Zoom, primarily for procedural hearings. She sat in the lawyer’s Earl Gray office and spoke only to confirm her presence. Her next court day is scheduled for May 17th.
Caucasian Potter, 48, deadly shot Wright Traffic is suspended on Sunday. Prosecutors said Potter’s “negligence” caused Wright’s death and “created an unreasonable risk” when he shot him instead of using a taser gun.
The image of the camera he wears shows Potter pointing his gun at the light, shouting “taser”. The city police chief described the incident as an “unintentional discharge” before resigning.
At a press conference on Thursday, Wright’s mother, Katie, said she felt she never got justice for her son. “Justice will bring our son back to us,” she said.
Katie Wright said she wants the highest level of accountability.
“If that happens, we’re still going to bury our son,” she said.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump compared the proceedings against Potter with the proceedings of Mohammed Noor, a black Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a white woman, Justin Lucitik Damond, in 2017.
Noor Convicted of third-class murder and manslaughter He was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. When she approached his police car in the alley, he testified that he had shot Damond. He said he heard a bang on the driver’s side of the police car and thought Damond was a threat.
Crump criticized the police’s explanation of the shooting with a printed photo of the Glock pistol and taser. Potter used excessive force at the stop and Wright should not have been pulled during the COVID-19 pandemic due to minor breaches such as the registration of expired cars, Crump said.
“Therefore, if you have a veteran who has been in police for 26 years, it’s very difficult for the family to accept that this is an accident,” Crump said.
The Wrights were scheduled to go to the funeral home for the first time on Thursday to see Dawnte’s body, Crump said. Wright’s funeral will take place on April 22nd. Civil rights leader Al Sharpton praises.
Potter can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $ 20,000 fine if convicted. She was arrested Wednesday and released on a $ 100,000 bond.
“We will vigorously prosecute the case and prove that Police Officer Potter has relinquished his responsibility to protect the public when he uses a gun instead of a taser,” said Assistant Chief of Criminal Affairs, Washington County. Imran Ali said. “Her actions caused Mr. Wright’s unlawful killings, and she must be held accountable.”
The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office filed accusations against Potter after Hennepin County Prosecutor introduced the case and agreed to introduce the case of such police use of deadly force among prosecutors in the Minneapolis area. I’m processing.
Wright’s death caused protests around the already tense area of Minneapolis. Former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial on the death of George Floyd It’s the third week.
Potter’s lawyer, Gray, also represents former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was charged with aiding and aiding a second murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Gray did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on Thursday.
Potter resigned on Tuesday in a call for dismissal. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon has also resigned, and city manager Kurt Bogany has been fired.
Wright’s family described Dawnte Son Daunte Jr. As a loving father of 2. He enjoyed sports and spent time with his family during the holidays.
Katie Wright said she was on the phone with her son after she was pulled. He told his mother that he was stopped because he had an air freshener in his rearview mirror. Police said the traffic suspension was due to an expired registration.
Daunte Wright had a warrant for misdemeanor on suspicion of weapons, and police officers tried to arrest him.
Katie Wright told her son to give the phone to the officer, so she said she was able to give them insurance information. She heard a policeman telling Dawnte to get out of the car. Then she heard the brawl, and the phone was cut off. When she called back, a woman in the car with Dawn answered a video call and showed herself in the driver’s seat.
Potter’s body camera footage shows two other police officers approaching Wright’s car. When the driver begins to arrest Wright, he is freed, returned to the car, and the struggle continues.
When Potter pulls out his gun and points it at the light, he shouts, “I make fun of you! I make fun of you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” After she shoots Wright, he drives away and Potter shouts, “Holy (curse), I shot him.”
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Wright’s shooting is at least the 16th case of “weapon turmoil” in the United States since 2001, and he is the fourth person to die in such an incident. According to the compiled data The website FatalEncounters.org and Paul Taylor, a professor at the University of Colorado, track such cases.
Wednesday night Crowds reunited outside Brooklyn Center Police Headquarters Fourth night demanding justice and accountability. The curfew was enforced again, and police issued a dissolution order around 9 pm. Police said 24 people were arrested on charges ranging from curfew violations to riots.
Contribution: Elinor Aspegren
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Daunte Wright: Kim Potter Appears in Court for Minnesota Shooting