Fees towards Kim Potter: Police officer who killed Daunte Wright for second diploma manslaughter

Second degree manslaughter is one of the reasons Chauvin was blamed last year after a video surfaced of putting George Floyd under his knee. Under Minnesota law, a person convicted on the charges can be sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars and fined up to $ 20,000.

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Potter was taken into custody at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. According to prison records, she was transferred to the Hennepin County prison shortly after noon.

The charges against Potter are relatively uncommon as police officers who shoot and kill people are rarely charged. During the Hennepin County shooting, the local prosecutor sent the case to Orput’s Washington County office as part of an agreement that would require prosecutors to investigate police shootings in other jurisdictions to avoid conflicts of interest.

A lawyer believed to be representing Potter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Daunte Wright’s family, spoke on April 14 of the second degree manslaughter charge against Kim Potter. (The Washington Post)

The Washington County attorney previously said he would explain his decision to the Wright family before making it public.

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Wright’s family has stated that they will not be dissatisfied with anything other than the murder charges against Potter. “Pursue them like they’re prosecuting us,” said Nyesha Wright, the victim’s aunt, at a press conference Tuesday. “We want the highest justice.”

Ben Crump, an attorney for Wright’s family, likened Potter’s shooting of the 20-year-old to an “execution” and expressed his disbelief that Potter, a 26-year police veteran, could allegedly mistake a gun for a taser.

“While we appreciate the District Attorney seeking justice for Daunte, no conviction of the Wright family can return loved ones,” Crump said in a statement Wednesday. “It wasn’t an accident. This was a deliberate, deliberate, and unlawful use of force. “

Her arrest makes Potter one of the rare cops to be prosecuted for shooting someone on duty.

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The vast majority of the shootings are considered justified and only a small fraction of the officers are charged in such cases.

Prosecutors have also found it difficult to convict the police when such cases are moved to a courtroom. Most police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for killing people are not convicted. And in cases where officials are convicted, lesser charges are often brought.

Experts say the reasons are often consistent on a case-by-case basis, including the fact that the police have significant legal leeway to use force, including deadly force, and are trusted by judges and juries. However, defense lawyers who have represented officers wonder if the public criticism of the police force and the spate of viral videos depicting them using violence could prevent this.

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Imran Ali, the assistant chief of Washington County’s crime department and director of the major crime unit, said in a statement following the announcement that no job has more responsibility – and the need for discretion and accountability – than the police.

“We will be vigorously pursuing this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter removed her responsibility for protecting the public when she used her firearm in place of her taser. Your act caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable, ”he said.

Attorneys briefed the April 11 incident, which began just before 2 p.m. when Brooklyn Center Police officer Anthony Luckey and his training officer overtook Potter Wright. Police previously said he was stopped because of an expired registration. A review of Wright’s ID revealed an arrest warrant for a gross misconduct charges charge, prosecutors said. After Wright was removed from his car and searched, he was told that he had been arrested on the pending arrest warrant, according to a criminal complaint.

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Wright soon withdrew from the officers to get back in the car, and Luckey tried to hold on to him. Potter drew her 9mm pistol from the Glock and pointed it at Wright. He said repeatedly that she was going to berate him. Seven seconds after drawing her gun, Potter called “Taser, Taser, Taser” and fired.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott has urged Governor Tim Walz (D) to turn the prosecution of Potter over to the Minnesota Attorney General. Walz’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Religious leaders from a Brooklyn Center ministerial group gathered Wednesday afternoon to pray outside the police station.

Pastor Ezra Fagge’Tt and his wife Patricia Fagge’Tt witnessed Daunte Wright’s death, although they did not know that he would only die later. They serve the standard stamp on the other side of the street from the location of the traffic stops.

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“We can’t put into words – it’s one of those dissonant things,” Ezra Fagge’Tt said of his feelings. “If you want to help humanity, teach the word for souls to better revitalize life and see it happen again.”

The second degree manslaughter charge brought him little comfort. He kept asking: “Why?”

“Why do you automatically draw a gun when you stop people of color?” he said in an interview in front of the police station. “I wish everyone had loved God enough to love everyone. We are not asking for special treatment, we are calling for everyone to be treated equally. “

Patricia Fagge’Tt said she saw Potter fall to the ground after her gun was fired during Sunday’s shooting.

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“She fell to the ground with emotion,” she said. “My heart goes to her. She made a mistake, but it could have been avoided. “

In addition to the Brooklyn Center Police Station, the Kenyan Congregation’s Seventh Day Adventist Church has become a mutual aid point where masks, food, clothing and other relief items are distributed to neighbors.

“It was tough for the church,” said Pastor Simon Momanyi. “We are here. We have to be the center for healing.”

Momanyi said the church hasn’t had much contact with protest organizers, but he wants people to know they can come to church. In the meantime, he said he hopes charges against Potter will bring peace soon, but knows the ongoing chauvinist trial makes this unlikely.

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“We pray that this will end and that peace will come to the church,” he said.

Savo Santana told The Post that as a black man he had to drive out of Rochester Tuesday to protest the deaths of Daunte Wright and George Floyd.

“I fight every day,” he said. “I just want to change. We are all tired. “Santana said he was dissatisfied with Potter’s second degree murder and thought it should be first degree murder.

The intense scrutiny and criticism that comes with it is inevitable in high-profile and emotional cases like the death of Floyd or Wright, but prosecutors are ethically obliged to try only what they can prove, said Lori Swanson, former Minnesota attorney general.

“At the end of the day, the prosecutor has to select crimes to accuse that he can win the trial,” she said. “If you choose charges that do not reflect the facts of the case, you run the risk of not being able to prove the elements of the case.”

It’s not uncommon for prosecutors to bring or drop charges as the case evolves and new information becomes available, Swanson said. If the case is referred to the Attorney General, this firm is not bound by the District Attorney’s indictment decisions and can pursue the indictment he believes will prevail in a judicial process.

“It is important that prosecutors steel themselves and not allow themselves to be influenced by public criticism,” added Swanson. “You have to concentrate like a laser beam on what you think is right – and have a backbone made of steel.”

Bellware reported from Chicago and Berman from Washington.

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