The killing of Daunte Wright and trial of Kimberly Potter

Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on April 11, 2021. The city’s police chief said that officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran, had intended to stun the man with her Taser gun but accidentally drew her handgun instead and fired once.

Wright’s death sparked days of protests, and Potter, the officer who shot Wright, resigned two days after the killing, as did police Chief Tim Gannon. Potter was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Potter was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. She’s expected to spend about two-thirds of her sentence behind bars. With time already served, that leaves about 14 or 15 months remaining.

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Former officer Kimberly Potter released from prison after serving 16 months for killing Daunte Wright
Potter will serve the remaining months of her sentence on supervised release. The Minnesota Department of Corrections said Potter is expected to complete her sentence on Dec. 21.
Daunte Wright's girlfriend sues Kimberly Potter, city of Brooklyn Center
The woman who was sitting next to Daunte Wright when he was shot and killed last year has filed suit against the police officer who shot him and the city of Brooklyn Center.
Daunte Wright, slain by police, known as jokester, doting dad
Daunte Wright loved making people laugh and, after becoming a father in his teens, relished the role of doting young dad, according to his family and friends. He also had talked to a mentor about being careful if he was pulled over by police, given the long history of Black men shot by police during traffic stops.
Attorneys: Daunte Wright family has a $3.25M settlement agreement with city of Brooklyn Center
According to a statement Tuesday, the proposal also includes changes in policing to prevent stops like the one that preceded Wright's killing in April 2021.
Daunte Wright killing: Ex-cop Potter sentenced to 2 years
“This is a cop who made a tragic mistake,” Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu said Friday as she sentenced Kimberly Potter. Wright’s father said Potter got a “slap on the wrist, and we still wait around every night crying, waiting for our son to come home.”
Explainer: What to watch for in Kimberly Potter's sentencing hearing
The Brooklyn Center police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright is set to be sentenced for her first-degree manslaughter conviction.
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