Former officer Kim Potter was charged with murder

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Kim Potter was detained in Hennepin County Jail before being released on bail

A former white police officer who shot and killed a black driver in Minnesota was charged with manslaughter, the prosecution said.

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

Mrs. Potter says she accidentally shot Dawn Terite because she accidentally pulled the gun instead of the Taser.

In response to the accusation, Wright’s lawyer Ben Crump said the killing was “intentional, intentional, and illegal use of force.”

Mrs. Potter and police chief Tim Gannon have resigned. The killing caused a clash between police and protesters Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside police headquarters against the curfew late Wednesday at the Brooklyn Center.

Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, already in the midst of it. Trial of a former white police officer He was accused of killing African-American George Floyd.

The Minnesota Criminal Arrest Office (BCA) said Mrs. Potter was detained at the BCA in St. Paul Wednesday morning. She was imprisoned in Hennepin County Jail for two manslaughter charges before bail was imprisoned.

She will appear for the first time on Thursday.

The accusation will result in imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of $ 20,000 (£ 14,500). According to Reuters, prosecutors must show that Mrs. Potter was “negligent” and took an “unjustice risk” in her actions.

“The conviction cannot bring their loved ones back to the Wright family,” Crump said in a statement.

“A 26-year military veteran knows the difference between a Taser gun and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Dawnte with only a minor traffic violation and a warrant of misdemeanor,” he said.

“Justice must be a priority,” said Derrick Johnson, chairman of the NAACP civil rights group, after Wright’s death.

“Badges should not be a shield of accountability.” He tweeted..

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Tara McKelvey, BBC News, Minneapolis

For days outside the Brooklyn Center police station, activists stepped on to keep out the cold and watched the sidewalks.

For them, the news that former officer Kimberly Potter was charged with manslaughter was a positive development. Mrs. Potter accidentally swung the gun in place of the Taser and killed Duantelite.

When talking to a friend, one activist made a dark joke about taser guns and guns earlier in the week, pointing out that they looked and felt clear.

Like others standing outside the police station, they were both angry that Mrs. Potter was allowed to resign, saying she should have been fired.

Another protester said, “If you don’t work, you’ll be fired.” “If you kill someone, you will be fired.”

At a press conference on Wednesday, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called on people to protest peacefully.

“Sadness, hurt, and understandable anger continued for a long time, with news of the decision to prosecute a former Brooklyn Center police officer for manslaughter,” he said.

“Our job as a city and as leadership is to enable those very legitimate voice expressions and pave the way for the healing and renewal of our stability and strength as a community. “

Bottles and other projectiles were reportedly thrown into police headquarters at the Brooklyn Center on Tuesday night, with police responding by firing tear gas and stun grenade.

Earlier on Tuesday, Wright and Floyd’s family gathered to demand the end of police killing of an unarmed black American.

“The world is traumatized by seeing another African-American man killed,” said Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd.

On Monday, police chief Ganon said the shooting of Mr. Wright (who had a one-year-old son) seemed to be an “outburst” after Mrs. Potter mistaken her service pistol for a stun gun.

However, the family refused to explain.

Wright’s aunt Naisha said, “I watched the video, just as everyone else watched it. The woman had the gun in front of her for a long time.”

Daunte Wright was pulled due to an expired tag on the car’s license plate. Family members and supporters say he was racially profiled.

Body camera footage showed Mr. Wright running away from the board He was arrested on an unpaid warrant after they told him.

When Mr. Wright reenters his car, Officer Potter can be heard screaming “taser” several times before firing the shot.


Wright’s murder caused protest

Wright’s mother, Katie, told reporters that she called her after her son was pulled and offered to provide police with insurance details over the phone.

She said she heard police ordered him to get out of the car. There was a fraying sound and the policeman told him to hang up.

When she was finally able to call back, his girlfriend replied and told her he was shot.

“She pointed the phone to the driver’s seat and her son was unresponsive and lay there,” she said with tears.

“This was the last time I met my son.”