MINEAPOLIS (AP) – Former police officer in the suburbs of Minneapolis, accused of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old black driver Daunte Wright is scheduled to appear in court via video conference Monday.
Former White Brooklyn Center employee Kim Potter, who is white, has an omnibus hearing, also known as a pre-trial hearing, Monday afternoon in Hennepin District Court. continue.
Wright, the father of a young son, was killed on April 11 after the traffic was stopped. The former Brooklyn Center police chief says he believes Potter wanted to use her Taser to Wright instead of his gun. The video of the body camera shows her shouting “Taser! several times before firing. The shooting sparked days of unrest. Wright̵
The shooting happened during the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder to press his knee against George Floyd’s neck because the Black man said he couldn’t breathe.
Police said Wright was stopped for leaking labels, but they tried to arrest him after finding an outstanding warrant. The order is for his non-appearance in court on charges that he escaped from officers and had a gun without permission during a meeting with police in Minneapolis in June.
The video from the police camera shows Potter approaching Wright while he was standing in front of his car while another officer arrested him. As Wright fights the police, Potter yells, “I’m going to check on you! I’ll glue you! Taser! Taser! Taser! “before firing a single shot from a pistol into her right hand.
The criminal complaint notes that Potter held his pistol to the right and her Taser to the left, both with grips facing backwards. To remove the Taser – which is yellow and has a black grip – Potter will have to use his left hand, the complaint said.
Intention is not a necessary component of the second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge – which provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison – can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing death through “negligence”, which creates an unreasonable risk and knowingly assumes the chances of causing death.
The Wright family’s lawyer, Ben Crump, disputes that the shooting was accidental, claiming that an experienced officer knew the difference between a Taser and a pistol. Experts say cases of police officers mistakenly firing their pistol instead of a Taser are rare, usually less than once a year across the country.
The Brooklyn Center is heading for Potter’s dismissal when she resigns shortly after the shooting. The city police chief also resigned after the municipal council fired the city governor.
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