On Sunday, a white policewoman opened fire on Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American, during an ordinary traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, in the suburbs of Minneapolis (Minnesota, United States).
This 48-year-old woman, Kim Potter, was arrested on Wednesday. She was taken into custody and charged with “manslaughter”, announced prosecutor Peter Orput, in charge of the case. It will be quickly presented to a judge.
Faced with the outcry, Kim Potter and the Brooklyn Center police chief resigned Tuesday. The policewoman now faces up to ten years in prison.
She says she confused her gun and a Taser
She claims to have confused her service weapon with her electric Taser gun. “We intend to prove that Agent Potter neglected her responsibility to protect the public when she used her service weapon rather than her Taser,” commented the services of prosecutor Peter Orput.
“An agent with 26 years of experience knows the difference between a Taser and a firearm,” Daunte Wright’s family lawyer, Ben Crump, replied in a statement on Wednesday.
“We will continue to fight in order to obtain justice for Daunte, her family and all the marginalized people of color. We will not stop until we have obtained real reforms of the police and the judiciary,” added Mr. Crump, who also defends the family of George Floyd.
On May 25, Agent Derek Chauvin remained kneeling for nearly ten minutes on the neck of this black forty-something, whose torture, filmed, already in Minneapolis, had led to giant demonstrations around the world. The trial is ongoing.
To avoid a new conflagration, the authorities had declared a curfew in Minneapolis as early as Sunday evening and called for reinforcements from the National Guard. But clashes between the police and demonstrators have been going on for three nights.
Without commenting on this issue, the White House considered that “the police too often used unnecessary force and that too often led to the death of African Americans.”
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