The police officer who shot lifeless Black 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb after showing to mistake her gun for her Taser was arrested Wednesday and can face manslaughter costs.
Minneapolis has been roiled by nights of violent protests after Kim Potter, who’s white, opened fireplace on Wright in his automobile on Sunday.
Racial tensions had been already excessive within the US midwestern metropolis because it hosts the trial of the white policeman charged with murdering George Floyd, whose dying touched off a nationwide reckoning over racial injustice.
Potter, a 26-year police veteran who resigned after Wright’s dying, faces a most of 10 years in jail if convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
She was taken into custody on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension within the neighboring metropolis of St. Paul.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” mentioned the Wrights’ household lawyer Ben Crump after the arrest.
“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force.
“We will preserve preventing for justice for Daunte, for his household, and for all marginalized folks of colour. And we is not going to cease till there’s significant policing and justice reform.”
Protesters faced off with police for a third night Tuesday, with more than 60 people arrested, law enforcement officials said.
Riot police moved in to disperse demonstrators estimated at between 800 and 1,000 in Brooklyn Center, the suburb where Sunday’s shooting took place.
Officers deployed stun grenades while protesters responded by throwing objects including water bottles and bricks.
The judge presiding over the trial of Derek Chauvin denied a defense motion on Wednesday to acquit him of murder and manslaughter charges for the death of Floyd.
Chauvin, who is white, was seen in a video taken by a bystander kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as the handcuffed 46-year-old complained repeatedly that he “cannot breathe.”
Defense attorney Eric Nelson said prosecutors had failed to prove their case against the 45-year-old Chauvin beyond a reasonable doubt and he should be acquitted.
The motion is a standard request in criminal trials at the end of the presentation of the prosecution case and it was rejected by Judge Peter Cahill.
The video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 arrest sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.
Medical experts called by the prosecution said Floyd’s death was caused by a “low degree of oxygen” from the neck restraint and not due to drugs or pre-existing conditions.
Nelson asked the judge on Monday to sequester the jury after protests following the police killing of Wright.
The judge denied the request and said the jury would be sequestered after closing arguments, which are expected next week.
On Tuesday the families of Wright and Floyd demanded an end to police brutality and the killing of unarmed African Americans by white officers.
“The world is traumatized watching one other African American man being slain,” Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd said, as he stood with Wright’s relatives outside the trial courthouse.
Chyna Whitaker, the mother of Wright’s one-year-old son, and Wright’s own mother Katie Wright spoke emotionally about the last times they talked with or saw Daunte.
“I’m simply so tousled about it, as a result of I really feel like they stole my son’s dad from him,” Whitaker said.
Body camera footage showed officers pulling Wright out of his car after stopping him for a traffic violation and discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
When officers attempt to handcuff Wright, he scuffles with them and gets back in the car. A female police officer shouts, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” but a gunshot is then heard.
President Joe Biden called the killing “tragic” however urged calm as authorities conduct an investigation.
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