Kim Potter, the ex-Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright after allegedly confusing her gun for a Taser, was released from prison before fully serving her already lenient sentence.

The Brooklyn Center police union leader praised the officer who detained and injured Katie Wright for filming the same kind of traffic stop that got her son, Daunte Wright, killed last year. Chuck Valleau called it a “professional response."

Civil Rights & Social Justice

Probable cause doesn't mean a presumption of guilt until police can be convinced of one's innocence. The children were still handcuffed when their parents arrived on the scene.  

A Minnesota judge handed down an extra lenient prison sentence of just 24 months to former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter for killing Daunte Wright after purportedly confusing a Taser for a gun in suburban Minneapolis last year.

Daunte Wright's family, including his parents, siblings and mother of his son, had the opportunity to confront Kim Potter before the former Minnesota police officer convicted of manslaughter was sentenced for killing the 20-year-old motorist.

Kim Potter's smiling mugshot after her convictions for the first- and second-degree manslaughter killing of Daunte Wright provided even more reason to doubt the sincerity of the former Minnesota cop's emotional testimony mocked as acting during the trial.

Potter's conviction for killing Daunte Wright, 20, came after four days of jury deliberation.

Former police officer Kim Potter testified in her own defense and appeared to cry when discussing her killing of Daunte Wright. However, her dry eyes suggested she was simply shedding "white tears" to angle for an acquittal.

Police Brutality

Nine out of the 12 jurors selected to preside over Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter's trial for the killing of Daunte Wright are white while only one identifies as Black and the other two are Asian. 

Defense attorneys for Kim Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who shot killed Daunte Wright because she purportedly confused her gun for a Taser, said the shooting "is not a crime" and may argue that it was "reasonable."

A grassroots campaign to change the way the city administers public safety won a victory last week, successfully adding a question to the ballot for upcoming municipal elections regarding whether to replace the existing police department with a Department of Public Safety.

Activists have pushed for either an independent prosecutor or Ellison's office to overtake the investigation after the conviction of Chauvin, a case Ellison spearheaded as attorney general.