Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright to Face Criminal Charges

Kim Potter, who shot Daunte Wright, was arrested after her resignation from the Minnesota Police Department

Veronica Meiss

Kim Potter, the officer who shot Daunte Wright after shouting “taser!” and shooting with her handgun instead, has been arrested and will be charged with second-degree manslaughter. 

Potter resigned Tuesday morning, following police chief Tim Gannon two days after Wright was killed. Wright’s body was left on the sidewalk for six or more hours after he was killed.

While police officials categorize this incident as an accident, Wright’s family does not believe it was. 

“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” attorneys representing the Wright family said. “This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force.”

According to Minnesota’s state law, second-degree manslaughter charges result in a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $20,000 fine.