Minneapolis, MN – A Hennepin County jury on Thursday found former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
Potter, 48, fatally shot Wright with her duty weapon on April 11 while trying to arrest him on a warrant when she mistook her gun for her Taser.
The judge immediately ordered Potter taken into custody.
Defense attorneys asked the judge to reconsider that decision and release Potter until sentencing because “she’s not going anywhere and she’s not going to commit a crime.”
The state strenuously objected to Potter’s release.
The judge ultimately upheld her ruling and ordered the former police officer taken into custody direct from the courtroom and held without bail.
Potter’s sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 18.
The 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Park police department could be sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison.
The jury, made up of six men and six women, deliberated for more than 26 hours before rendering its verdict.
The Jury was hung and decided on this to get out before the holidays. She will appeal and hopefully this travesty will be reversed. Those jurors are a disgrace!