Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Arrested & Charged With Manslaughter

Body camera footage showed the struggle between officers and Wright as he tried to flee in his car.

Officer Kim Potter can be heard yelling, “Taser! Taser!” before striking him once with gunfire. Potter can be then heard saying, “holy s---. I shot him.” 

The Hennepin County medical examiner released its autopsy report which said Wright “died of a gunshot wound of the chest and manner of death is homicide.” 

Potter resigned on Tuesday.  After being arrested & charged, she was released on bail.

Washington County assistant criminal division chief said in a statement:

“certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer. With that responsibility comes a great deal of discretion and accountability. We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser. Her action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable." 

Wright’s family continues to fan the flames by insisting that Potter intended to murder him. 

An attorney for the family says:

“this was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force. Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant."