Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter Arrested, Charged With 2nd-Degree Manslaughter

Kim Potter was arrested this morning and booked into the Hennepin County Jail, Kate Raddatz reports (2:34). WCCO 4 News At 5 - April 14, 2021

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FRANK VASCELLARO: Kim Potter turned herself in, and was arrested this morning, and booked into the Hennepin County Jail. The former Brooklyn Center police officer is charged with second degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Our Kate Raddatz is live outside the jail with more. Kate?

KATE RADDATZ: Hi, Frank. Well, this charge is bringing up a lot of comparisons to previous fatal officer involved shootings in Minnesota, and with those comparisons, many are already saying that they feel that Potter's charge is not enough.

A day after resigning from her position on the Brooklyn Center police force, Kim Potter was charged with second degree manslaughter. That's defined like this when someone acts with negligence creating an unreasonable risk that causes death or great bodily harm.

What does that mean?

RACHEL MORAN: It really means more than an accident any average person would have.

- Court documents say, Potter was on duty Sunday, field training another officer when they pulled Wright over. They saw he had an outstanding warrant and tried to arrest him. Wright pulled away from officers, and authorities say it was six seconds between the time Potter said she would tase Wright, to when she pulled the trigger on her gun. Community activists say the charge doesn't go far enough, comparing it to the 2017 case involving ex-MPD officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

JAYLANI HUSSEIN: This officer who clearly pulled a gun and even a taser killed this young man, Daunte Wright. It's clearly murder.

- Noor was convicted of third degree murder in addition to second degree manslaughter.

- And that's another distinction with Officer Noor. A black police officer accused of killing a white woman, and he's convicted.

- But in 2017, [? Anthony ?] Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on a second degree manslaughter charge for killing Philando Castile, also, during a traffic stop.

- Minnesota has a history of acquitting police officers who have killed people of color. There's no denying that, and we need to talk about that.

- Charges could still be upgraded.

- I think a third degree murder charge could be something that could be appropriate here and that many people would have expected.

- When reached by phone earlier today, Potter's defense attorney Earl Gray said, he did not have a comment. Gray, also, represented Yanez during his trial. If Potter was convicted on this charge, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Frank?

- OK, Kate, thank you.