UPDATE: Kim Potter was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter on Thursday (December 23) in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.
Jurors deliberated for about 27 hours before returning a verdict.
Kim displayed no reaction as the verdicts were read, which was quite different from the full performance she gave during her trial testimony.
Sadly, the time Kim Potter could spend in prison is a slap in the face considering the magnitude of her actions.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told reporters after the verdict that he was saddened “there will be an empty chair at the Wright family dinner during the holidays.”
Please keep the Wright family in your thoughts and prayers.
Original story below.
Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter.
Potter was arrested early Wednesday afternoon by agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
She was booked into the Hennepin County Jail, according to online records.
In Minnesota, second-degree manslaughter applies when authorities allege a person causes someone’s death by “culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.”
Someone convicted of this charge would face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
During a routine traffic stop on Sunday, Kim Potter claims she accidentally pulled her service weapon and shot Daunte Wright as he tried to jump back in his vehicle and leave.
The 26-year veteran of the force says she thought it was her Taser.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters summed it up best with her social media post.
How could a trained officer make a mistake shooting an unarmed man with a gun instead of a taser? Hard to believe.
Justice for Daunte Wright.