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Kim Potter, a former cop, sentenced to two years in prison for fatally shooting Daunte Wright after mistaking a pistol for a Taser

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Former Minnesota cop Kim Potter who fatally shot Daunte Wright after mistaking her pistol for a Taser, received a two-year prison sentence.

Potter, 49, was found guilty in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal event, which occurred during a traffic check in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Brooklyn Center.

On Friday, February 18, she was sentenced to two years in jail, significantly less than the usual of around seven years for manslaughter, after a court ruled that leniency was justified since the officer had intended to use her Taser rather than her pistol when she was shot.

She’ll be sentenced to 16 months in prison, after which she’ll be eligible for release at any moment if she maintains good behavior.

The remainder of the sentence would be served under supervision. Potter has already served 58 days in prison.

Judge Regina Chu remarked after the sentence was handed down, “To those who disagree and believe a longer jail sentence is necessary, as difficult as it may be, please try to sympathize with Ms. Potter’s circumstances,” adding that Wright’s life “mattered.”

On the night of April 11, 2021, Potter pulled over 20-year-old Wright for expired plates, only to discover he also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest.

 

Kim Potter, a former cop, was sentenced to two years in prison for fatally shooting Daunte Wright after mistaking a pistol for a Taser.

 

Officers attempted to apprehend him, but he eluded them and returned to his vehicle’s driver’s seat. Potter’s bodycam footage then shows the cop saying “Taser, Taser” before firing her weapon at Wright, who is Black.

Wright was only able to travel a short distance before colliding with another vehicle nearby. His fiancée, who was in the passenger seat at the time, was declared dead on the spot.

Wright was only able to travel a short distance before colliding with another vehicle nearby. His fiancée, who was in the passenger seat at the time, was hurt, but he was declared dead on the site.

Judge Regina Chu of Hennepin County said a suspect with no criminal history, such as Potter, would normally receive a sentence of just over six years to nearly eight and a half years in jail, with a projected term of just over seven years.

“Of all the positions in the public sector, police officers have the toughest. They must make split-second choices in difficult, ever-changing situations. Every day, they put their lives on the line for the greater good. Officer Potter committed a blunder that resulted in tragedy,” Chu stated, trying to keep her cool.

 

 

“She never intended to hurt anyone. Her conduct cries out for a sentence significantly below the guidelines”

 

The jury deliberated for about four days before finding Potter guilty on Dec. 23.

 

The Wright family (pictured below) earlier during the sentencing hearing had asked that Chu impose the maximum amount of prison time for Potter.

 

Former policewoman, Kim Potter sentenced to two years for fatally shooting Daunte Wright after mistaking gun for Taser

“I ask that Kim Potter be held accountable and that the maximum sentence be applied, which is incomparable to the life sentence we have been given, because of her negligence,” Arbuey Wright, Daunte’s father, said. “My son Daunte’s life was taken away, way too soon, and he’s never coming back, and it has affected my whole family.”

 

His mother, Katie Wright, in a fiery speech before the court said she would never forgive Potter.

“She referred to Daunte over and over again as the driver, as if killing him wasn’t enough to dehumanize him,” she said. “She never once said his name, and for that, I’ll never be able to forgive you. And I’ll never be able to forgive you for what you’ve stolen from us.”

 

Katie Wright said she wanted to see more from Potter during the trial.

 

“My heart wanted to see remorse, sadness in her eyes,” she said. “I wanted to see her mouth the words ‘I’m sorry,’ but she sat there with such entitlement and privilege. She never once looked at us.”

 

Later in the hearing, Potter apologized, saying she didn’t believe she “had a right” to look at the family.

 

Former policewoman, Kim Potter sentenced to two years for fatally shooting Daunte Wright after mistaking gun for Taser

 

“Katie, I understand a mother’s love, and I am sorry I broke your heart,” Potter said. “My heart is broken for all of you.”

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