Yesterday, December 23rd, 2021, a jury found officer Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in the first degree, for the negligent killing of 20-year-old Duante Wright.
In April of 2021, Officer Potter and fellow Brooklyn Center police officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation, who at the time was driven by Mr. Wright. During the traffic stop, officers discovered Mr. Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant. At this time, Mr. Wright exited his vehicle and officers began detaining him. As shown in our original video, Mr. Wright began struggling with officers, fighting to re-gain control of his vehicle.
It was at this point, Officer Potter was observed drawing her service weapon and shouting 'taser, taser, taser!'. Without realizing, Officer Potter discharged her firearm into Mr. Wright, striking him with a lethal round, and unintentionally killing him as he sped away in his car.
The two-week trial ultimately resulted in the jury unanimously deciding Kim Potter was guilty on the charges of the following: Manslaughter in the first degree while committing a misdemeanor, and Manslaughter in the second degree; culpable negligence. At the time of this article being written, the Judge has not decided on the final sentencing; however Potter could potentially face a maximum of 15-years imprisonment.
What do you think the Judge's sentencing will include? Do you think the punishment should be harsh, due to the circumstances of Mr. Wrights actions? How much political influence do you think this case has? Let us know in the comments below.