Washington County Attorney Pete Orput issued a news launch Wednesday afternoon which included a abstract of the prison criticism filed in opposition to former Brooklyn Center Police Officer, Kimberly Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright.
In the discharge, Orput mentioned Potter was a subject coaching officer when she and one other officer pulled over Daunte Wright in a white Buick on Sunday afternoon. The officer coaching with Potter, Anthony Luckey, decided Wright had a warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons cost, in line with the discharge.
Wright, Potter and Luckey have been exterior the Buick’s driver aspect door when Luckey advised Wright he was being arrested for the excellent warrant, in line with the criticism cited in the discharge.
“Both Wright and Officer Luckey were standing just outside of the driver’s side door, which was open, and Potter was standing behind and to the right of the other officer. At 2:01:49, Wright pulled away from the officers and got back into the driver’s seat of his car, with Officer Luckey trying to maintain physical control of Wright,” in line with the prison criticism.
After saying she would tase Wright, she as an alternative “pulled her Glock 9mm handgun with her right hand and pointed it at Wright, saying again that she would tase him,” the news release states. Potter said “Taser, Taser, Taser,” pulled the trigger on her handgun, and fired one round into Wright’s left side of the victim, according to the complaint cited in the news release.
Wright immediately said, “ah, he shot me,” and drove away before crashing into another vehicle. Wright was pronounced dead at the scene, as mentioned in previous CNN reporting.
After firing her gun, Potter said “Sh**, I just shot him!”
“A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator examined Potter’s duty belt and saw that the handgun is holstered on the right side of the belt and her Taser is on the left side. The grips or handles of both the gun and Taser face Potter’s rear. The Taser is yellow with a black grip. Also, the Taser is set in a straight-draw position, meaning Potter would have to use her left hand to pull the Taser out of its holster,” according to the release.
Wright’s death was ruled a homicide on Monday, and Potter was arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter in the killing of Wright earlier in the day Wednesday.
“Certain occupations carry an immense responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer,” Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief and director of the Major Crime Unit said in the release. “With that responsibility comes a great deal of discretion and accountability. 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. Her action caused the unlawful killing of Mr. Wright and she must be held accountable. County Attorney Peter Orput and I met with the family, expressed our deepest sympathies and assured them we would spare no resources in seeking justice for Mr. Wright.”
The Washington County Attorney’s Office say they won’t be holding a news convention, and the total prison criticism was not included in the discharge.