Criminal released for funeral by Kim Potter judge fails to return to jail

Judge Regina Chu declined to release Kim Potter while she awaits sentencing, despite arguments from Potter's attorneys that she poses no "danger to the public whatsoever."

Judge Regina Chu presides over the trial of officer Kim Potter in Hennepin County. (YouTube screenshot)

A violent criminal with a “lengthy juvenile delinquency history involving assault and weapons offenses” was temporarily released from jail for a funeral by Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu – and never came back.

Shevirio Kavirion Childs-Young, now 18, was released at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 to attend a family member’s funeral. Judge Chu ordered him to “report back” to the Hennepin County Jail by 12:30 p.m. that same day. He never showed.

“Warrant issued in the amount of $40,000 (to cover both listed cases) due to defendant failing to return to Hennepin County Jail after temporary release,” Chu wrote in an order filed a few hours later.

Childs-Young was charged Dec. 2 with assaulting a police officer and illegal possession of a firearm. According to a criminal complaint, officers discovered a firearm on the floorboard of his vehicle and detected the “odor of marijuana” when they pulled him over Nov. 30.

Because of his criminal past, Childs-Young was prohibited from possessing firearms. So a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy placed him under arrest, which is allegedly when Childs-Young “attempted to escape from custody by throwing his body out of the squad forcefully.”

“The deputy was able to push defendant back into the squad and defendant kicked at the deputy striking him in the midsection. The deputy could not shut the squad door because defendant used his legs to forcefully hold the door open,” the criminal complaint states.

Childs-Young then told a female passenger to “get him” and “grab him up,” referring to the deputy, and encouraged her to “disarm the officer,” according to the complaint.

“During this struggle, defendant grabbed the deputy’s genital area and squeezed multiple times. The deputy continued to struggle to control defendant until he was able to call for emergency assistance,” the complaint adds.

Juvenile criminal history information is private so the details of Childs-Young’s past are unknown. However, records from his adult life describe Childs-Young as someone with a “lengthy juvenile delinquency history involving assault and weapons offenses.”

In August, he was charged with another count of illegal possession of a firearm. The judge who released Childs-Young back into the public is the same judge who presided over the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter.

Judge Chu ordered Potter to be taken into custody and held without bail while she awaits sentencing after she was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright.

Potter’s attorneys argued that she shouldn’t be incarcerated pending sentencing because “she’s not a danger to the public whatsoever.”

“It is the Christmas holiday season and she is a devoted Catholic, no less, and there is no point to incarcerate her at this point in time,” one of Potter’s attorneys said. “This is a rather unique case of someone who has law enforcement experience and was never in trouble in all her life.”

Chu disagreed, forcing Potter to spend Christmas in jail.

“I am going to require that she be taken into custody and held without bail,” said Chu. “I cannot treat this case differently than any other case.”