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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Explainer: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?
Police in Minnesota say an officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop accidentally drew her firearm instead of her stun gun. Experts say such cases are rare, but they do happen occasionally. Similar cases have been reported in recent years in California, Oklahoma and Missouri. 
Photos: Night of unrest follows fatal Brooklyn Center police shooting
Demonstrators gathered at the scene where Brooklyn Center police shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man after a traffic stop Sunday, sparking protests and unrest.
Brooklyn Center chief: Cop meant to use Taser on Wright; curfew in effect in metro area
Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered a four-county curfew overnight into Tuesday to help keep the peace as the Twin Cities reeled over news of another fatal encounter with police, this time in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.
One dead in police shooting in Brooklyn Center; tear gas deployed to clear protesters
Police deployed tear gas and flash-bang grenades Sunday night to clear protesters who gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department after the fatal police shooting of a 20-year-old man. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said more National Guard troops and state law enforcement personnel were headed into the Twin Cities.
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