Update: Kim Potter has been arrested and booked into the Hennepin County Jail Wednesday afternoon, where she is being held without bail.
The former Minnesota police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in his death.
The charge is coming from the Washington County Attorney’s office, which will officially charge 26-year police department veteran Kim Potter with manslaughter. Potter has since resigned from the force.
In Minnesota, second-degree manslaughter applies when authorities allege a person causes someone’s death by “culpable negligence,” according to CNN.
Someone convicted of this charge could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.
Daunte was fatally shot Sunday in Brooklyn Center, which sits in a county right next to Minneapolis. Following the shooting, then-Police Chief Tim Gannon said the shooting appeared to be the result of Potter mistaking her gun for her Taser as Daunte allegedly resisted arrest.
A manslaughter charge will likely only intensify the strife in the community and the country between the public and police, including conversations about racial injustice and use-of-force, especially in the Black community.
Daunte’s shooting also has significant timing, being that former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for the murder of George Floyd, whose death has been the catalyst of the current Black Lives Matter movement.
Protests have taken place each night in and around Brooklyn Center since Daunte’s shooting.
Though Potter has submitted a resignation letter, Mayor Mike Elliott said Tuesday he has not accepted her resignation, adding “we’re doing our internal process to make sure that we are being accountable to the steps that we need to take.” Earlier, he told CBS he thought Potter should be fired.
We’ll keep you posted on any updates in this case.
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