Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was arrested Wednesday morning and will face a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement.
“Agents took Kim Potter into custody at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the BCA in St. Paul,” the agency said.
“After consultation with the Washington County Attorney’s Office, Potter will be booked into the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause 2nd Degree Manslaughter. The Washington County Attorney’s Office will file charges later today,” it continued.
Brooklyn Center is in Hennepin County but the case was referred to the Washington County attorney under a policy adopted a year ago by five metro counties. That policy requires police use of deadly force cases to be referred to an outside county attorney or the attorney general to “avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest in handling such cases.”
According to body-camera video, Potter shot Wright Sunday afternoon after he resisted arrest and attempted to flee the scene. Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned this week, said Potter intended to use her Taser, not her handgun, a claim supported by her behavior in the video.
Potter is a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police. Wright’s death sparked three nights of looting and rioting in the Minneapolis suburb.
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