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Police officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested

Police officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested”

She was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond.

Police officials have characterized the shooting as an accident, saying Potter mistook her handgun for her Taser.

The Washington County Attorney's Office formally charged Potter Wednesday afternoon.

Potter and police chief Tim Gannon both resigned on Tuesday, a day after the city council voted to sack the city manager, who controls the police force.

Potter submitted her resignation from the police department on Tuesday.

A white former police officer faces her first court appearance over the fatal shooting of a black motorist in a suburb of Minneapolis, igniting four straight days of bitter conflict between protesters and officers.

"That doesn't even sound right".

"He said, 'I want to be an National Basketball Association player, I want to be a fashion designer, I want to be a business owner, '" Mason recalled.

A few years ago, Daunte Wright was talking to a high school mentor about what to do if he was pulled over by police.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump, Jeff Storms and Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the Wright family, in a statement Wednesday claimed that the shooting "was no accident".

"All this family is striving for is to get full accountability, get equal justice".

Noor was convicted of third-degree murder in addition to second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison.

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Noor testified that he fired to protect his partner's life after hearing a loud bang on the squad auto and seeing a woman at his partner's window raising her arm. Criminal justice advocates have criticized the use of grand juries in police cases, accusing prosecutors of using them to avoid indicting officers. "We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser". "It is", Moran said.

"If they pull you over, make sure your hands are on the top of the steering wheel, don't reach for anything", Mr Mason, speaking to the Associated Press, recalls telling the teenager.

The shooting escalated tensions in a region already on edge over the ongoing murder trial of white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. The defence rested Thursday, and closing arguments are expected Monday.

Police tried to arrest Wright after realizing he was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

According to court records, Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

Potter, a 26-year department veteran, was taken into custody by agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the agency's office in nearby St. Paul, authorities said.

In the video, Potter can be heard shouting: "Taser, Taser, Taser!" as she draws her weapon and opens fire on Wright in his vehicle after he had just pulled away from a fellow officer.

Potter is heard yelling "Taser!" three times before she fires and then says, "Holy shit, I shot him".

A struggle then broke out between the officers and Wright, who was still sitting inside his auto.

Protests have erupted in Minneapolis and cities across the country denouncing the death of Wright, 20, who was killed Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minn. CBC News has edited the video to freeze it before the shot is fired, but the audio continues.

Intent is not a necessary component of second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by "culpable negligence" that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death. To remove the Taser - which is yellow and has a black grip - Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said.

Experts say cases of officers mistakenly firing their gun instead of a Taser are rare, usually less than once a year nationwide.



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