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THE MURDER OF DAUNTE WRIGHT

April 28, 2021

Daunte Wright, a twenty-year-old African American man, was pulled over during a traffic stop for an expired license plate. 

The incident resulted in Wright losing his life to a police veteran of 26 years, Kim Potter. The event was a result of an “accidental discharge” of her firearm, which was allegedly mistaken for her taser. After Potter pulled over and attempted to arrest Wright, Wright began to resist the arrest of Potter and two other police officers. Wright got into the driver’s seat of his car, while fighting off the officers, and was preparing to drive away. Potter then pulled her gun, visibly seen in her body camera footage and directly in eyesight, and began screaming “I’m going to tase you” followed by “Taser! Taser! Taser!”. The entire period of which the gun was aimed at Wright. Moments later, Potter shot Wright several times followed by a profane remark of shock.

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The police department felt they had a solid claim of her believing she was holding her taser. However, social media debunked that quickly. Many were posting that it would have been nearly impossible for her not to realize what she was holding, considering the weight difference between the gun and the taser, and the location in her holster (opposite sides of her body).

 At this point, by her own will, she turned in her two-sentence letter of resignation, showing no remorse for the incident that had occurred days prior. In her letter, she stated that she “has loved every minute of being a police officer and serving [her] community” (Law Enforcement Labor Services). Her resignation was then followed by the resignation of Brooklyn Center Minnesota Police Department Police Chief Tim Gannon. 

Potter is set to appear in court on the charges of second-degree manslaughter, Thursday, April 15. The maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter is ten years. If she is found guilty she will face a $20,000  fine, on top of the ten-year sentence.

 

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