The former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer charged in connection with the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright is out of jail ahead of her first court appearance.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kim Potter, who is facing manslaughter charges following the fatal shooting in the Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, posted a $100,000 bond on Wednesday.
“I shot him”
Wright’s death sparked another round of civil unrest in the area even as former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin stands trial on charges related to the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in that city last year. The widespread protests and rioting forced police to guard Potter’s home with barricades, according to reports.
In the wake of the shooting, authorities indicated that the officer apparently mistook her service weapon for a taser when she shot Wright during a traffic stop. The suspect, who had an outstanding warrant, reportedly attempted to evade arrest and a struggle ensued.
Bodycam footage revealed Potter shouting “taser” before opening fire, after which she remarked: “Holy s***, I shot him.”
An “unreasonable risk”
The 26-year veteran officer resigned on Tuesday, along with Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.
An autopsy by the Hennepin County medical examiner concluded that Wright died as a result of a gunshot wound to his chest. Washington County prosecutors soon determined that Potter caused an “unreasonable risk” with “culpable negligence” upon announcing charges against her, according to USA Today.
“We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser,” Washington County Assistant Criminal Division Chief Imran Ali said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“A death sentence”
Protesters joined Wright’s family in decrying the incident, with many insisting that the shooting was an intentional “execution” of the Black suspect.
In a statement on the matter, the family’s lawyer asserted: “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.”
As the case gained traction in the media, some rioters have attempted to take justice into their own hands by targeting a local police station and individual police officers. Dozens of arrests have been reported since Sunday.
Potter, for her part, faces up to a decade behind bars if convicted and is expected to make her first court appearance on Thursday, USA Today reports.