Ex-officer Kim Potter sentenced to 2 years in fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

BRUCE BISPING ¬• [email protected] Brooklyn Center, MN., Thursday, 5/31/2007. Officer Kim Potter, part of the Brooklyn Center Police negotiation team. (Photo by Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

By Lexi Lonas: The Hill

Former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer Kim Potter was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and supervised release for fatally shooting Daunte Wright in April 2021.

Potter’s sentence includes 16 months in prison followed by eight months of supervised release after she was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in December.

The incident began when officers pulled over 20-year-old Wright for driving with an expired tag. The officers went to arrest him after discovering he had a warrant for his arrest.

As Wright struggled with officers, Potter yelled “taser” but pulled out her gun and shot him. Potter, who has said she mistakenly withdrew her gun instead of taser, was heard saying “I just shot him” on in body camera footage.



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