The killing of Daunte Wright and trial of Kimberly Potter
Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on April 11, 2021. The city’s police chief said that officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran, had intended to stun the man with her Taser gun but accidentally drew her handgun instead and fired once.
Wright’s death sparked days of protests, and Potter, the officer who shot Wright, resigned two days after the killing, as did police Chief Tim Gannon. Potter was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Potter was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. She’s expected to spend about two-thirds of her sentence behind bars. With time already served, that leaves about 14 or 15 months remaining.
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