Daunte Wright shooting: Ex-police officer Kim Potter faces manslaughter charges


Kim Potter, the white police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop on Sunday has been charged with manslaughter.

A GoFundMe campaign for a memorial fund for Mr Wright has raised over half a million dollars towards covering funeral and providing support for his family.

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Minneapolis faced its third night of civil unrest on Tuesday after the killing, which occurred in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. Tensions are already high amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May.

Both Ms Potter and Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon resigned on Tuesday. In body camera footage, Ms Potter appears to mistakenly withdraw her pistol when trying to pull out her Taser.

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Mr Wright’s mother delivered a striking eulogy on Tuesday, praising him as both a father and a son, and saying she had no idea how she will manage without him.

“I just need everyone to know that he is much more than this. He had a smile that was angelic,” said Katie Wright, at a vigil attended by hundreds of people.

Source: The independent