Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter causing death by negligence.
The prosecutor’s office of Washington County (Minnesota) has filed charges of causing the death by negligence of a former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who shot and killed a black man Daunte Wright on April 11. District Attorney Pete Orput told CNN on Wednesday.
Police in the Brooklyn Center stopped the car of 20-year-old Wright because of a traffic violation. While attempting to detain Wright, he got back into the car and tried to escape, after which Potter shot him. Wright’s car drove through several streets and crashed into another car. Wright received medical attention but died on the spot.
Potter is charged with manslaughter causing death by negligence. Under Minnesota law, it’s a lesser crime than murder. She could face up to 10 years in prison.
The police said that Wright’s death was the result of Potter’s mistake. She allegedly wanted to use an electric shock device but fired a gun. The incident led to mass riots and clashes between protesters and police, and a curfew was imposed in Minneapolis and its surroundings.
Authorities in the Brooklyn Center said Tuesday that Kim Potter has filed for immediate dismissal from the police force.
Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, where the high-profile trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin is currently taking place. He is accused of the manslaughter of a black man, George Floyd, in May 2020. The death of an African-American man sparked mass protests across the country last year.