Law/Justice

Former police officer Kim Potter facing manslaughter charge in shooting of Daunte Wright out on $100,000 bail

By Dan Mangan, CNBC News

  • Kim Potter, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, was arrested on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
  • Potter’s arrest came a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department and three days after her shooting of the 20-year-old Black man.
  • Wright’s death, which occurred as he fled a police traffic stop, heightened already-high tensions in and around Minneapolis, where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial on murder charges for the killing of George Floyd.

Kim Potter, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, authorities said.

The 48-year-old bonded out on a $100,000 bail and is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Potter’s arrest came a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department and three days after her shooting of the 20-year-old Black man. She faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.

Wright’s death, which occurred as he fled a police traffic stop, heightened already-high tensions in and around Minneapolis due to the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for last year’s killing of George Floyd.

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