Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Daunte Wright

Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Daunte Wright

Minnesota authorities arrested former police officer Kim Potter on Wednesday, a day after Potter resigned over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

The Washington County Attorney's office was expected to file the charge against her later on Wednesday.

Police said Wright was first pulled over by the officers for expired license plate tags.

The veteran officer, who has worked for the department for 26 years but allegedly confused her gun for a taser, resigned from the force Tuesday as protests erupted in the city demanding justice for Wright.

"I just shot him", Ms. Potter can be heard saying, in body-camera footage that was released on Monday. On Monday, Brooklyn Center police officials released body-camera video showing Potter grabbing her sidearm and shooting Wright as he appeared to try to flee in his vehicle during the stop. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a US$20,000 fine.

About 90 minutes before a 10 p.m. curfew, state police announced over a loudspeaker that the gathering had been declared unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse.

The shooting escalated tensions in a region already on edge over the ongoing trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the use of deadly force last May against George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was suspected of passing a bogus US$20 (RM82.46) bill.

Outside Potter's home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fencing had been set up and police cars were in the driveway. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

An instructor with Brooklyn Center police, Potter was training two other officers when they stopped Wright, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association told the Star Tribune newspaper.

Wright was shot dead during a traffic stop by a police officer who apparently confused her handgun with her Taser, in what the force later described as a disgusting accident.

"I'll Tase you! I'll Tase you!" Potter shouts, "Taser! Taser!" She draws her weapon after Wright breaks free from police and gets back behind the wheel.

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Mayor Mike Elliott said the city had been moving towards sacking Potter when she submitted her resignation.

Wright is then seen breaking free and getting inside the auto when Potter yells "Taser, Taser, Taser", before firing a shot from what turned out to be her handgun.

The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left.

Julious Zinnah, a 17-year-old student, said he was out protesting for a second consecutive night because the injustice had hit home.

"Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanour warrant", he said.

Cases of officers mistakenly firing their gun instead of a Taser do happen, but experts say they are extremely rare, usually less than once a year nationwide.

Naisha Wright also revealed that George Floyd's girlfriend was her nephew's former teacher.

Floyd, 46, who died in handcuffs with his neck pinned to the street under Chauvin's knee, became the face of protests against racism and police brutality across the United States past year.

A forensic pathologist called by the defence on Wednesday said Floyd died from cardiac arrest brought on by heart disease, illegal drug use and other factors.

Floyd became the face of national protests against racism and police brutality across the USA last summer.

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