The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop will now be charged with second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor said Wednesday according to USA Today. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told USA TODAY that Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, would be charged. Although the criminal complaint was still being processed Wednesday.
Agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter on Wednesday morning, Jill Oliveira, a spokeswoman said in a statement. Potter has been taken into custody before noon at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul. Potter resigned Tuesday as calls for justice for Wright has spread across the nation. The city’s former police chief, has also resigned Tuesday, said Potter accidentally grabbed her firearm when she thought she was tasing Wright during the traffic stop. Wright’s family has rejected police’s characterization of their son’s death as an “accident.” The family has also called for the officer to be held accountable for her actions.
If found guilty Potter could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, according to Minnesota law.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” Ben Crump the attorney representing Wright’s family, said in a statement with co-counsel Jeff Storms and Antonio Romanucci.