By: Dalila Hashish, News editor, The Pawprint
Kim Potter was charged yesterday (April 14) with second degree manslaughter after killing 20 year old Daunte Wright after using her gun instead of her taser. It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
After she was charged and released on bail for $100,000, the Wright family released a statement saying that Daunte’s death was an “intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force”.
In order for Potter to be found guilty, the prosecution has to show the court that her actions were negligent and created unreasonable risk, as well as “consciously take chances of causing death or great bodily harm” (as per Minnesota state law).
As well as facing up to 10 years in jail, Potter could be fined up to $20,000, and both her and police chief Tim Gannon have resigned.
Protests are continuing throughout the city, heightened by the Derek Chauvin murder trial currently taking place, where he was responsible for the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in May last year.