Ex-cop who fatally shot black motorist during traffic stop charged

A former police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop in Minnesota will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor has said.

The incident, which saw Daunte Wright, 20, die unfolded on Sunday just over 10 miles from where George Floyd died last year.

Kim Potter, the officer who fired the shot, resigned after 26 years in the police, as has police chief Tim Gannon.

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The city of Minnesota is currently experiencing a period of high tension as Derek Chauvin stands trial for the murder of Mr Floyd.

Following Mr Wright’s death, there were days of protests in the Brooklyn Center area of Minneapolis.

Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, and is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The body camera footage of the moment Mr Wright was shot was released by Mr Gannon.

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It shows Potter approaching Mr Wright as he was being arrested by another officer for an outstanding warrant.

Police say that the 20-year-old was initially pulled over for having expired number plates.

As Wright struggles with police, Potter can be heard shouting: “I’ll tase you! I’ll tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from her pistol.

Tim Gannon has quit as Brooklyn Center Police Chief
Image:Tim Gannon has quit as Brooklyn Center Police Chief

Protesters and Mr Wright’s family have rubbished the explanation given by Mr Gannon, who said he believed that Potter drew the firearm while trying to get her Taser out.

They say there was no excuse for the shooting and the incident shows how the justice system is biased against black people.

President Joe Biden has called or a “full-blown investigation” and urged people to remain peaceful.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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