The former Minnesota police officer caught on camera trying to fatally shoot Down Wright during a traffic stop will be charged in Wright’s death, authorities said Wednesday.
Washington County Prosecutor Pete Orput announced that Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Downtown Brooklyn Police Department, will be charged with genocide in the second degree. According to the Henepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, the type of death has been identified as a homicide.
Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon surrendered their badges after Wright’s death Tuesday, just 14 miles north of where George Floyd was killed last year.
The day before the resignation, Gannon told reporters that he believed the officer intended to draw an advance, but he “painted his gun instead of his advance.” In a short clip of body camera video released Monday, Wright showed that a woman’s voice could be heard, “Night!”
The same female voice was later heard saying, “My God, I just shot her,” police said as she got out of the car.
Her mother, Katie Wright, said officers could hear her son telling her to get out of the car when she stopped.
Daunta asks, what for? The police officer said, I’ll explain it to you when you get out of the car. He said, ‘Am I in trouble?’ He said, “We’ll explain all of this when you get out of the car,” Katie Wright said.
The phone hung up, but a few minutes later he was connected to a video call and her son’s passenger pointed it out and said that Wright had been shot.
Katie Wright said: “She pointed the phone at the driver’s seat and my son didn’t answer there.” That was the last time I saw my son. That was the last time I heard from my son and I had no explanation after that.
Wright’s death at the hands of a white police officer has already sparked outrage among Minnesotans as former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of Floyd, whose death sparked protests across the country. to end police brutality last summer. .
Minnesota has been the national focus of several notable police shootings in recent years.
In April 2012, Mohammad Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of third degree murder and attempted second degree murder for killing Justin Ruskijic Damond, a white citizen with dual citizenship of the United States and Australia.
Police called on July 15, 2017 to report that Damond believed sexual harassment would occur in his neighborhood. When he came out to greet the reactionary agents, Nur said that he had made a mistake in “threatening” him and shot him fatally.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
In June 2017, a jury acquitted St. Anthony Police Officer Geronimo Yáñez for fatally shooting black school cafeteria worker Philando Castillo during a traffic stop a year ago.
The incident attracted national attention because the deadly fight was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend and passenger, Diamond Reynolds. She said that when Castillo came to identify him, Yaniz said that he had a weapons permit and that he was armed and that he had been shot.
And before that, two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the deadly shooting of 24-year-old black Jamar Clark were not charged in the fall of 2015.
Police said Clark was accused of assaulting his girlfriend and later intervened with the treated paramedics. Officers insisted Clark had come to get his guns during the fight, while critics of the decision not to press charges said the man was unarmed and did not need to be shot.