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Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Black motorist

Published on April 14, 2021 11:19 AM
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Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright Former Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting death of Daunte Wright

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota — A Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday that he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, igniting days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.

Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The announcement came a day after Potter resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, where she had served for 26 years. Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned Tuesday.

Gannon had released Potter's body camera video the day after the Sunday shooting. It showed her approaching Wright as he stood outside of his car as another officer was arresting him for an outstanding warrant. Police said he was pulled over for having expired registration tags.

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