Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter Charged In Shooting Death Of Daunte Wright

CBS4's Chris Martinez reports her arrest comes a day after her resignation.

Video Transcript

- And now to a developing story out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Officer charged just a day after officer Kim Potter resigned for shooting a 20-year-old man at a traffic stop. She's now facing one count of second degree manslaughter. On body camera video, Potter, a 26 year veteran of the force, was heard screaming "Taser!" before firing her gun, striking Daunte Wright.

- Potter was taken into custody this morning. CBS 4's Chris Martinez has the latest developments.

CHRIS MARTINEZ: Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter is being charged with second degree manslaughter for the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

- The family of Daunte Wright will get to have their day in court.

CHRIS MARTINEZ: The young Black man was shot to death after police pulled him over for an expired car registration Sunday evening. Police officers tried to arrest Wright when they learned of an outstanding warrant.


CHRIS MARTINEZ: Police say Potter, who had been training a new officer, thought she reached for her taser, but fired her handgun instead.

- I cannot even believe it, that this officer would engage in that use of force. They could have given him a ticket.

KATE WRIGHT: I never imagined this is what was going to happen. I just thought maybe he was being arrested.

CHRIS MARTINEZ: Kate Wright, Daunte's mother, said she was on the phone with the woman who was in the car with her son moments after the shooting.

KATE WRIGHT: And it was on a FaceTime. And she said-- and she was crying and screaming and she said that they shot him. And then she pointed the phone towards the driver's seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive.

CHRIS MARTINEZ: Floyd's death has ignited protests and clashes with police in Brooklyn Center and other areas of the country. If convicted, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison. Chris Martinez, CBS News.

- The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said that Potter had intended to use her taser on right but fired her handgun instead. Look for much more on the death of Daunte Wright tonight on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. That's at 6:30, after CBS 4 News at 6:00.