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Kim Potter Guilty of Manslaughter in Daunte Wright Trial

Kim Potter Found Guilty of Manslaughter in the Shooting of Daunte Wright

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 23: A sign reading Justice for Daunte Wright is placed outside the Hennepin County Government Center on December 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jury deliberations are ongoing in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who is charged with manslaughter in the April 2021 shooting death of Daunte Wright. Potter says she thought she was using her Taser when she shot Wright with her handgun. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter has been convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. The trial reached a verdict on Dec. 23 after the April shooting of the 20-year-old Black man, finding Potter guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter. According to the AP, she can face seven years in prison, but prosecutors will pursue a longer sentence.

The tragedy took place in April when Wright was pulled over for expired license plate tags while driving to his brother's house in Brooklyn Center, MN. Potter and an officer she was training reportedly found an existing warrant for his arrest and attempted to handcuff him. The body camera footage later showed Potter shooting Wright, and he died on the scene.

Potter testified that she "didn't want to hurt anybody" and argued that she was reaching for her taser when she grabbed her gun. The shooting took place when then-officer Derek Chauvin was on trial for the murder of George Floyd — just 10 miles away — and led to protests against systemic racism and police violence across the country.

In a press conference following the verdict, Wright's mother said she felt "a lot of emotions," per CNN. "We want to thank the entire prosecution team," Katie Bryant said. "We want to thank community support, everybody who has been out there that has supported us in this long fight for accountability." Potter is currently being held without bail and scheduled to be sentenced for the two manslaughter charges on Feb. 18.

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