Officer charged in Daunte Wright shooting death released on $100,000 bond

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.

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    1. There are a lot of children that grow up without fathers and mothers are not very good at discipline. What we are left with is a large group of people that don’t know or respect authority. The only thing they know is fight back. These kids don’t know what discipline is and will not do as they are told by anyone.

      1. I am a 68 yr old lady in a neighborhood with all diversity. Last week, an 11 year old black kid threatened to kill all trump supporters and threatened to kill me. I have a direct text from him to my grandkids stating he would roll up on your grandmas house guns a blazing. He is being radicalized and I am just sick and tired of this crap. My grandkids have been playing in our neighborhood cul de sac for years and now this? I don’t even own a trump sign. I fly the flag. I didn’t even advertise my affiliation during the election. I agree but he has both a father and a mother and his father is a retired police officer.

    1. IF HE WOULD OF COMPLIED WITH THE POLICE THIS WOULD OF HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THIS FAR AND THE RIOTERS NEED TO BE ALL ARRESTED ALSO STOP MAKING ONE MATTER EVEN WORSE PERIOD PROSECUTE ALL WHO BREAK THE LAW THE OFFICER MADE A MISTAKE IT,S CALLED HUMAN ERROR SHE SHOULD FACE SOME PUNISHMENT BUT STOP BOWING TO RIOTERS PERIOD

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    1. What we really need is an episode of Twilight Zone that shows what the country would be like with no law enforcement. Pure death and destruction.

  2. The Lawyer of the Family should be disbarred for Life in all of America’s territory. They also need to be banned from anything to do with the Law including holding public office. The video proves this to be an accident nothing more. Not saying the victim does not matter but that the charge should not be MURDER. She should be facing Manslaughter charges.

  3. The contention that she purposely shot this kid is ridiculous. It was obviously a mistake she made in the heat of the moment while he was resisting arrest and trying to flee the scene.

  4. She is entitled under the law to be out on bail. Fed up with the left thinking they are above the law and demanding it be enforced only to their liking. Fed up with court cases being tried in the court of public opinion. Fed up with human tragedy being used for a networks ratings and their bottom line. Fed up with defendants being considered guilty before they are tried. Fed up with cameras in the court room promoting lawyers ,judges ,etc to mug for the camera. Fed up with the corrupt media filtering facts In ways that promote an agenda. All of which violates the law and the execution of a fair trial.

  5. Pretend he was white and we wouldn’t even be hearing about this incident. Yes it was tragic and if he’d done as told, he’d still be here.

  6. Our justice system is all about criminals gewtting off scott free and if that person is killed then it his fault.

  7. It was no accident when he put the gun up to a ladies head demanding 850.00 from her.But this was! Pure and simple..

  8. I Have been stopped by the police many times over many years, I have never been, intimidated, shot or suffered any boldly harm by them! When they tell me to show my Driver’s License or stay in the car, I obey them! The problem today is, many of the people who do not comply with the police, become abusive towards the officers and provoke an incident which develops into a, tragedy! If you comply, you won’t die! It’s that simple!

  9. Let her go, the little hoodlum got exactly what he asked for,they all do when stopped,they all want to resist,then blame it on police.

  10. If this suspect had been shot by a black police officer, there would be no charges. The officer’s main offense is being white.

  11. There are only three things to answer to a cop when you are stopped.
    Yes Sir, No Sir, See you in Court Sir.
    Daunte was shot by accident. Even if it were not an accident,he was not innocent. Driving while Black was not the crime. Trying to run from a felony warrant for arrest was the crime.
    I totally agree the lawyer should be banned from practice or anything related to it for life. If he was the lawyer or who ever was the lawyer of record for the hearing and did not turn him in when he skipped bail, he is responsible for Dauntes death.

  12. The gun and the tazer are different sizes so she should have known that she did not have the Tazer in her hand but I do agree that the guy should have just cooperated with the officer and this wouldn’t have happened

  13. All I have to say is, she did what she was trained to do, Eliminate the threat. If he would have complied instead of resisting he would be alive today.

  14. Oh yes and ashli Babbitt murder they are not prosecuting you don’t even get to know what capital employee shot and murdered her! And she was a military veteran not doing anything that the other people at the capital were doing that day.

  15. What exactly do the BLM want done? We all want peace and the way to get it is to obey the law. If you don’t there are consequences. If people don’t understand that, too bad for them. BLM and other leftist are free to do what they do, but they are not free of the consequences. Or at least they shouldn’t be free of them.

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