Daunte Wright was killed by a former officer who was shot dead to face the murder charge
A former police officer who shot and killed a former police officer in a Minneapolis neighborhood on Wednesday will be charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday.
The charges against Kim Potter will be filed in Hennepin County, said Pete Orput, the chief prosecutor in Washington County who is handling the case.
Earl Gray, Potter’s attorney, could not immediately be asked to comment.
Potter he resigned Daunte Wright, 20, was killed two days earlier by the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Tuesday in a traffic stop. Department head Tim Gannon also resigned. He described the shooting as an “unexpected discharge” from Potter’s fire when he tried to use the Taser instead.
A county medical examiner in Hennepin killed Wright on Monday. In the medical context, the term “death is in the hands of another,” but it does not mean legal liability.
A second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison under Minnesota law. The law says a person commits a crime “when he or she poses an unreasonable risk and takes another’s chances of causing death or bodily harm.”
Wright’s murder took place a few miles from the site of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin he tried last year’s death sparked protests in favor of racial justice around the world over George Floyd, accused of killing a black neighbor in Minneapolis.
Wright’s death was sparked more protests. Police and protesters rallied outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department for three nights.
Police rarely report crimes when they are accused of misconduct. County Attorney Mike Freeman Hennepin said Monday that the case was being sent to Washington County, about 40 miles away, to avoid a conflict of interest in deciding whether or not to place criminal charges against Potter.
Prosecutors in Minnesota’s five largest cities a year ago made it a habit to report cases of police misconduct to each other.
Prosecutors rely on police officers to gather evidence for criminal cases. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, a sociologist at Brown University, said the relationship is dependent on the police and they are reluctant to report it to officials. Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Supreme Criminal Court.