A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police.
The charge against former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who resigned Tuesday, was filed three days after Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop. It also comes as the murder trial for the police officer charged with killing George Floyd last May continues nearby.
Former Brooklyn Center police Chief Tim Gannon, who also resigned Tuesday, has said that Potter, a 26-year veteran and training officer, intended to use her Taser on Wright but fired her handgun instead. However, protesters and Wright's family members say there's no excuse for the shooting and that it shows how the justice system is tilted against Black people, noting that Wright was stopped for expired car registration and ended up dead.