Kim Potter to be charged with second-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death

Potter was a 26-year veteran officer before she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Tuesday.
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Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed he plans to file the charge against Potter Wednesday, reports say. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. 

Potter has been arrested. 

Potter, a 26-year veteran officer, resigned on Tuesday after Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called for her firing and the Brooklyn Center City Council recommended she be fired. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned Tuesday after suggesting on Monday that Potter unintentionally shot Wright when she grabbed her gun instead of her Taser, with Gannon speculating that it was an "accidental discharge."

Wright was pulled over for what police say was an expired license tabs violation on Sunday afternoon. During the traffic stop, officers learned of an outstanding warrant for Wright, who got back into his car as an officer attempted to arrest him. The struggle lasted only seconds before ending when Potter fired her gun. Wright was able to drive a few blocks before crashing near 63rd Avenue North and Kathrene Drive.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest at 2:17 p.m., declaring his death a homicide.

Wright's death has prompted three nights of sometimes violent protests in Brooklyn Center that led to an escalating response from police, which used armored vehicles, tear gas and rubber bullets against the crowd Tuesday night. 

Following Wright's death, Potter and her family, who lived in Champlin, relocated out of Minnesota, Champlin Police Chief Ty Schmidt told KARE 11.

The news station also confirmed the shooting happened as Potter did field training with a rookie officer. 

The Washington County Attorney's Office is filing the charges against Potter after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sent the case to Washington County per a new practice among metro area county attorneys. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the shooting.

Mayor Elliott had called for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office to handle the case (the AG's office is currently prosecuting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd). 

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