A Minnesota judge has sentenced former police officer Kimberly Potter to two years in prison for shooting black driver Don Wright. The sentence was lighter than the more than seven years demanded by justice.
Kim Potter, 49, shot and killed 20-year-old Don’t Wright in a Minneapolis suburb in April when he resisted a traffic stop. Wright was asked to stop his car after a traffic violation.
When it turned out there was an arrest warrant pending for his arrest, Potter wanted to arrest him. During the ensuing skirmish, I shot Matt Wright unarmed† Potter said in the lawsuit that she mistook her firearm for an electric taser.
Wright’s parents are “very disappointed” at what they see as a low sentence. They had earlier demanded a maximum prison term of 15 years in emotional terms. Father Arbuey Wrigt said: “I came out of this court feeling like people were laughing at us because this lady just got slapped on the wrist.”
His wife Katie added: “Kim Potter killed my son. Today the justice system killed him again.”
The mother blamed Potter that the officer never spoke of her son’s name during the trial. “I called Daunte ‘the driver’ over and over, as if killing him wasn’t inhuman enough,” she said, sobbing.
“I’m sorry I hurt you so much,” Potter said. “My heart is broken.”
Wright’s death led to violent protests At the Brooklyn Center, in the Minneapolis suburb where the shooting took place. The unrest occurred as the trial of white policeman Derek Chauvin, who has since been convicted of the death of George Floyd, dominated Minneapolis.
The killing of Floyd and other black Americans last year sparked mass protests in the United States and elsewhere against police brutality and racism.
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