The former police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, sparking riots and looting in multiple cities across the nation, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second degree manslaughter.
Kim Potter, 48, can be seen in bodycam footage drawing her firearm and screaming “taser, taser, taser” before firing a single bullet into Wright. He drove off but crashed his vehicle shortly after. According to CNBC:
Kim Potter, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, authorities said. Potter’s arrest came a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department and three days after her shooting of the 20-year-old Black man
Wright’s death, which occurred as he fled a police traffic stop, heightened already-high tensions in and around Minneapolis due to the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for last year’s killing of George Floyd.
Body camera video footage from Potter during Sunday’s confrontation suggests she believed she had pulled out a Taser when she pointed the weapon at Wright and fired after he twisted away from another officer who was trying to handcuff him next to his SUV.
She was arrested Wednesday morning at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Authorities said she would be booked into the Hennepin County Jail, and that the Washington County prosecutor’s office would file charges later Wednesday.
Authorities said that the investigation of the shooting remains active.
Potter, who served 26 years on the Brooklyn Center force and previously was president of its police union, has retained a defense attorney, Earl Gray, according to the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. Gray did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gray is also representing former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, one of two other ex-officers scheduled to be tried separately from Chauvin on lesser charges related to the death of Floyd, who like Wright was black.
Riots have sprung forth around the country for the three nights since the incident. Tensions are high, particularly in the Minneapolis area, as the trial of Derek Chauvin continues. Chauvin was seen last year on bodycam footage kneeling on the neck area of George Floyd before he died. Like Wright, Floyd was resisting arrest.
Meanwhile, the Capitol police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt will not face charges. That officer’s name has not been released.
DOJ will not file charges against Capitol Police officer who killed unarmed Ashli Babbitt
— Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ) (@NewDayForNJ) April 14, 2021
Will the arrest and charges cool tensions between Black Lives Matter supporters and law enforcement? The city of Brooklyn Center and the rest of the nation wait to see the response tonight and this weekend.
This is a news story, but I felt the need to add one comment, perhaps even a full story later.
We know the name of the officer who killed Daunte Wright and she has been charged with a crime. We do not know the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt, but we know he will not be charged. Is this that “equity” we keep hearing about?
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
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The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
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