The sensless shooting of yet another unarmed Black man in the state of Minnesota has sparked outrage.

Daunte Wright was killed Monday during a routine traffic stop after former police officer Kim Potter reached for what she claims she thought was taser and, instead, grabbed her gun, shooting and killing Wright.

Potter resigned Sunday after 26 years on the force, along with the Minnesota Police Chief Tim Gannon after the video of the shooting went viral and incited days of protests.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension examined Potter’s duty belt and found that her handgun was holstered on the right side of her belt, while the Taser was placed on the left side, which revealed that there was no way that Potter could have thought she was reaching for her taser.

With the newfound information, Potter was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
In Minnesota, second-degree manslaughter is cited as “culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.”
If sentenced, Potter would be facing 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
The Wright family issued a statement through their attorney, Benjamin Crump,  following the arrest.  The statement read, in part, “while we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. This (shooting) was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force. Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence. A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a Taser and a firearm.”
Wright’s death joins the growing list of Black men who have been killed at the hands of white officers in Minnesota. Philando Castile made headlines in 2016, followed by the recent death of George Floyd last year.
The city has issued a 10 p.m. curfew to help combat looting and rioting during the protest which has become violent between the activists and police.
During a press conference held Sunday night, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson did his best to try and calm the tensions.
“The person (Kim Potter) is no longer a police officer, and they’ll be held accountable for their actions,” he said. “But we can’t have people hurting our communities, we can’t have people hurting the men and women who are paid to protect them,” he said.