Daunte Wright dies: ex-cop who shot dead black motorist during traffic stop on charges of manslaughter | US News

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

The incident, who saw Daunte Wright, 20, died Sunday just over 10 miles from where George Floyd passed away last year.

Kim Potter, the officer who fired the shot, resigned after 26 years in the police force, as did Police Chief Tim Gannon.

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The city of Minnesota is currently experiencing a period of great tension Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of Mr. Floyd.

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

Potter will be charged with second degree manslaughter and face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Body camera footage of the time Mr. Wright was shot was released by Mr. Gannon.

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

Police said the 20-year-old was initially arrested for having expired license plates.

As Wright struggles with the police, Potter can be heard shouting, “I’m going to smack you!” I’ll taser you! Taser! Taser! Taser! Before firing a single shot from his pistol.

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Tim Gannon resigned as Brooklyn Center police chief

Protesters and Mr Wright’s family have denied the explanation given by Mr Gannon, who said he believed Potter had pulled out the gun while trying to get his Taser out.

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

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

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