Minnesota mayor wants officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2021

Gannon and Potter have both since left the department and Potter was charged with manslaughter on Wednesday after spending two decades on the force.

Attorney Earl Gray, who represents one of the former officers charged in George Floyd's death, will also represent Potter.

Wright's family members, like the protesters, say there's no justification for the shooting.

If convicted, Potter faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Potter, a 26-year veteran, was training another officer at the time.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Wright family, said the shooting reflected a broader problem of law enforcement in the United States using excessive force and having a propensity to "overpolice marginalized minorities, especially Black men".

"We can't just have our window open any more without thinking about if there's going to be some gas coming in", said 16-year-old Xzavion Martin, adding that rubber bullets and other projectiles have landed on his apartment's second-story balcony.

"We can't get him back, so why should she get back her life?" Prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands.

Critics of the police believe the race of those involved played a role in which charges were brought in the Wright case.

"This is going to be an unpopular statement", Brian Peters, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, said on talk radio Wednesday.

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Police officers clear an area of demonstrators during a protest over Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

Potter could have been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a 25-year maximum sentence, said Rachel Moran, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"This is kind of the compromise charge, which isn't to say it's not serious".

About 400 demonstrators rallied outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters again on Thursday evening, many of them lighting candles at dusk.

The prosecutor who brought the case, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, did not return messages seeking comment.

"(Potter's) action caused the unlawful killing of Mr Wright and she must be held accountable".

The initial appearance held over a Zoom call lasted about five minutes, during which time Scoggin confirmed basic information and set a date of May 17 for the next hearing before District Court Judge Regina Chu. Police pulled over Wright for driving with expired tags where they discovered that he also had an outstanding warrant.

And On Friday, transcripts were released showing that a grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude previous year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 not to charge the three officers involved in his restraint.

48-year-old Officer Kimberly Ann Potter is seen in body camera footage shooting Wright with her firearm as he apparently attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle. "Taser! Taser!" before firing a single shot from a handgun in her right hand. CBC News has edited the video to freeze it before the shot is fired, but the audio continues. Intent isn't a necessarily component of either charge. The charge can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by "culpable negligence" that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death.

But she noted that Potter will likely argue that using the gun was a mistake, while Noor never said he didn't intend to use his weapon.

Potter, who is white, used a Glock 9mm handgun to shoot Wright in apparent confusion after saying in the moments before shooting that she planned to use her Taser.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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