Kim Potter, a former Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, has been released on bail.
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department who also served as the president of the local police union, was charged on Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.
According to jail records, the 48-year-old was released from a Hennepin County jail shortly before 5:40 p.m. CT on Wednesday after paying a $100,000 bond.
Potter is set to appear in court for the first time on Thursday, April 15. Potter’s appearance before the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis would be virtual or in person.
“With that level of responsibility comes a lot of secrecy and transparency. We will aggressively prosecute this case, and we hope to show that when Officer Potter used her weapon instead of her taser to protect the public, she abrogated her duty to protect the public “Imran Ali, assistant criminal division chief for Washington County, said.
“She must be kept responsible for her actions, which resulted in the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright.”
According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, which was reported as a homicide.
Officer Potter said she mistook her taser for a pistol and fired at him during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center just before 2 p.m. on Sunday. He died about 10 miles from where another black man, George Floyd, was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year.
In the aftermath of Wright’s suicide, Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned from their posts on Tuesday.