| 28 November 2023, Tuesday |

Former Minnesota officer convicted in Wright killing released from prison

The former Minneapolis-area cop convicted of killing Daunte Wright was released from jail on Monday after serving part of her sentence for the deadly shot, which occurred while another white officer was on trial in a nearby courthouse for the murder of George Floyd.

Kimberly Potter, now 50, was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Wright, a 20-year-old Black male, during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center in 2021.

She had served 16 months of her two-year sentence and will remain on supervised release for the remaining third of the term, her attorney Earl Gray confirmed. He declined further comment.

Potter was unavailable for comment.

Wright was shot while Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis officer, was standing trial for killing Floyd in 2020 by pinning the 46-year-old Black man’s neck to the ground with his knee for about nine minutes.

Floyd’s death galvanized outrage over a pattern of alleged U.S. police mistreatment of Black people and led to protests around the world in the summer of 2020. A year later, the Wright killing triggered fresh demonstrations in the Minneapolis area, leading to multiple arrests and a citywide curfew.

During the traffic stop in which Potter shot Wright, officers learned that a warrant was out for his arrest on a misdemeanor weapons charge and tried to detain him.

When Wright resisted, Potter fired her handgun at him while shouting, “Taser, Taser, Taser!,” video from her body-worn camera showed. During her trial, Potter claimed she had mistaken her firearm for the non-lethal Taser.

After the sentence, Daunte Wright’s mother Katie Wright blasted the two-year sentence as too lenient and questioned the sincerity of Potter’s tearful testimony at trial.

  • Reuters