Officer charged with murder of black motorist

Officer charged with murder of black motorist

Kim Potter, a white Police Officer who shot dead a black motorist in Minnesota has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, authorities said Wednesday (14).

Potter has been arrested by agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the bureau said.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.


She posted bail late Wednesday and was released from custody, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s official website and will make her first court appearance via Zoom Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Both Officer Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon have quit the Brooklyn Center force.

Then-Police Chief Tim Gannon said Wright’s death Sunday (11) in Brooklyn Center appeared to be the result of Potter mistaking her gun for her Taser as Wright resisted arrest.

According to a news release from Orput’s office, examinations on Potter’s duty belt show that her handgun is holstered on the right side of her belt, while the Taser is on the left side.