The cop who shot Daunte Wright will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors said.
Kimberly Potter resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Authorities said Potter had apparently meant to use her Taser but instead shot Wright.
The former Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.
Potter was arrested Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. She is expected to be formally charged later Wednesday. Potter was released from jail later on Wednesday after posting a $100,000 bond, according to Hennepin County jail records.
Potter fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a stop for a traffic violation on Sunday in Brooklyn Center.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a press conference on Monday that Potter had meant to grab her Taser but grabbed her gun instead and fatally shot Wright. Potter and Gannon resigned on Tuesday.
In body-camera footage of the shooting, a police officer can be heard saying: "Holy s---. I just shot him."
Gannon said the shooting was the result of an "accidental discharge."
Brooklyn Center is in Hennepin County, but the nearby Washington County Attorney's Office is filing the charges to avoid any conflict of interest, KSTP reported.
Ben Crump, a civil-rights attorney representing Wright's family, said in a statement shared with Insider that he would keep fighting for justice and police reform.
"While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force," Crump said. "Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant."
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said Tuesday that Potter should face "full accountability" in the shooting.
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