Minnesota authorities arrested police who killed a black man during a fight that followed a routine traffic stop and said they would charge her with second-degree murder later on Wednesday.
Kim Potter, a 26-year-old veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Force on Tuesday, was taken into custody on Wednesday and will be booked in Hennepin County Jail for killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday afternoon, the State Criminal Bureau Apprehension said in a statement.
The Washington County Attorney’s office was expected to file charges against her later on Wednesday.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput could not be reached immediately, and Potter’s attorney Earl Gray did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wright was shot on Sunday after being hit for what police said was an expired car registration. Officers discovered there was an officer for his arrest, and Potter accidentally pulled his gun instead of her Taser during a fight with Wright, who got back into his car, officials said.
In the police video of the incident, Potter can be heard shouting, “Holy shit, I just shot him.”
In addition to Potter, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon also arrived on Tuesday.
To convict Potter of second-degree murder under Minnesota law, prosecutors must show she was “undoubtedly negligent” and took an “unreasonable risk” in her actions against Wright. The fee carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 20,000.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Wright’s family, said in a statement on Wednesday that the indictment was a step but did not meet a major need for police reform in the United States.
“While we appreciate that the District Attorney is seeking justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family back their loved one. This was no coincidence. This was an intentional, intentional and unlawful use of force.
“Driving while black continues to result in a death sentence,” Crump said.
The shot has renewed criticism of discretionary vehicle stops for minor traffic offenses, where police have the legal scope to act due to racial prejudice, according to civil rights advocates.
It has also drawn attention to potential problems with police use of Tasers, with some experts saying that problems remain with training and weapon design.
Wright was killed just miles from Minneapolis State Capitol, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged with the murder of George Floyd in May last year.
Floyd, 46, who died in handcuffs with his neck on the street below Chauvin’s lap, became the face of protests against racism and police brutality that swept the United States last year.
Protesters gathered outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a third night on Tuesday. Some protesters lobbed bottles and other projectiles over a fence in front of headquarters. Officers fired tear gas, non-lethal rounds and flash-bang rounds to disperse the crowd.