The Brooklyn Center Police chief, who we heard from yesterday, and the officer who fired the shot that killed Daunte Wright have now resigned.
#BREAKING: Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott says both Police Chief Tim Gannon and Police Officer Kim Potter have resigned.
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) April 13, 2021
— John Lynch (@JohnLynchWTRF) April 13, 2021
— Alex Presha (@Alex_Presha) April 13, 2021
Look at how divisively the AP framed this story in their tweet:
BREAKING: White Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright during traffic stop resigns. https://t.co/AhKzUiGEmz
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2021
It’s just CNN who wants to divide the country. They all do.
The NY Post reports that Kim Potter could face manslaughter charges:
The veteran ex-cop who accidentally shot Daunte Wright dead Sunday when he tried to flee during a traffic stop could be charged under Minnesota law, legal experts say.
Manhattan-based civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby said Kimberly Potter, 48, could face a second-degree manslaughter rap for fatally shooting the 20-year-old black man after drawing her handgun instead of her Taser in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
“Mistaking your Taser, which is lighter, colored differently and on another hip, with your handgun, which is black, heavy and on your other hip — and causing somebody’s death is second-degree manslaughter, or at least can be prosecuted as such,” Kuby told The Post.
Kuby, who has been a frequent legal expert on Court TV during Chauvin’s trial, said that the word “accident” is not a legal term.
“Many killings are deemed by the killer to be accidental, it doesn’t mean you can get away with it,” he said. “For example, in Minnesota, if you shoot at something thinking it’s a deer and it’s a person, you can call that an accident — but Minnesota calls it second-degree manslaughter, so too is mistaking your Taser for a handgun.”
Criminal defense lawyer Kevin Sieben, who has been practicing in Minneapolis for 17 years, agreed with Kuby.
“If her reckless act causes unreasonable death, she certainly could be charged with manslaughter in the second degree,” he told The Post.
I’m no legal expert or even an attorney but just based on definitions and the shooting which appears to be accidental, it seems like this would line up more with involuntary manslaughter, considering it wasn’t her intent to kill Daunte. But I’m sure these prosecutors who love the lime light will try and pin as much on Potter as they can.