Fatal Mistake: Police Officer Convicted
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In Minnesota, former police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison and supervised release for fatally shooting Daunte Wright in April 2021.
In December, a jury convicted Potter of manslaughter for fatally shooting Wright, 20, after mistakenly pulling her pistol for her taser.
Video from the incident shows the 26-year police veteran shouting that she was grabbing for her taser after Wright tried to flee a traffic stop. She fired a single shot before realizing her “tragic mistake.”
“This is one of the saddest cases I’ve had on my 20 years on the bench,” Judge Regina Chu said.
“This is a cop who made a tragic mistake.”
The sentence came after Potter gave an emotional statement apologizing to Wright’s family.
“To the family of Daunte Wright, I am so sorry that I brought the death of your son, father, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, to your home.”
Addressing Wright’s mother, Potter said: “Katie, I understand a mother’s love, and I am sorry I broke your heart. My heart is broken for all of you.”
Wright’s mother later indicated that she wasn’t moved by Potter’s tearful words.
“White women’s tears trump justice,” said Katie Wright, who is white.
“I thought my white-woman tears would be enough.”
Aubrey Wright, Daunte’s father, said: “This lady got a slap on the wrist and we’re still sitting around every night crying, waiting for my son to come home.”