Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African American male, was fatally shot during a traffic stop by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter will be sentenced on Friday, Feb. 18.
A sad impact statement from Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie Ann Wright, pleaded with the judge to impose Potter the maximum penalty.
Katie Ann Wright said in a statement that she could not offer sympathy to Potter.
Her question was simple: “How can you demonstrate remorse when you smile in your mug shot after being convicted of manslaughter, after taking my son’s life??”
After originally stopping Wright for an expired registration tag on his vehicle, Potter shot and killed him. Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned after the incident, said she discovered he had an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor firearms allegation and tried to hold him.
Wright eluded authorities trying to apprehend him by attempting to re-enter his vehicle. It was at that point, according to Potter’s counsel, that she shot him, mistakenly, with her gun rather than her stun gun.
On April 11th, 2021 a Minnesota jury found Potter, 49, guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal accident. To each of the allegations, she had pled not guilty.
First-degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and a $30,000 punishment, while second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum term of 10 years and a $20,000 fine.
Recklessness by Potter was the cause of Daunte Wright’s death, according to Wright’s father, Arbury Wright.
During Daunte Wright’s sentencing on Friday, the 20-year-family old’s requested that Kim Potter be sentenced to the maximum penalty for fatally shooting him during a traffic stop in April 2021.
It is my sincere apology to Daunte Wright’s family: “I am sorry that I brought the death of your loved one to your home,” Potter said in a statement at the trial.