A protester holds up a sign outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department April 14, 2021, days after former police officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Curfews were not enacted in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. On Monday, Brooklyn Center police officials released body-camera video showing Potter grabbing her sidearm and shooting Wright as he appeared to try to flee in his auto during the stop. He also urged demonstrators to remain peaceful, saying: "The eyes of the world are on Brooklyn Center".
Attorney Benjamin Crump, representing Wright's family, said in a statement on Wednesday that the charge fell short of fulfilling a greater need for police reform in the United States.
Outside Potter's home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, concrete barricades and tall metal fencing had been set up and police cars were in the driveway.
Mr. Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Mr. Floyd's death, but he also faces second-degree murder and third-degree murder and faces as many as 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
Tensions have soared over the Sunday police shooting of Daunte Wright near the mid-western city, in a community already on edge over the ongoing trial of an officer accused of killing another black man, George Floyd, last year. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.
Body camera video shows Potter approaching Mr Wright as he stands outside his vehicle as another officer arrests him. She was training two other officers Sunday when they stopped Wright, the association's leader, BIll Peters, told the Star Tribune. "How do you not know your Taser from your gun?" asked Loretta VanPelt of TCC4Justice, a group seeking police accountability, before a 7 p.m. rally began. Potter shouts, "Taser! Taser!"
"[The Wright family] is glad she got charged. Taser! Taser!" before firing a single shot from a handgun in her right hand.
Mr Wright's death came as the broader Minneapolis area in the state of Minnesota awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four officers charged over George Floyd's death past year.
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In December, Fowler was sued in federal court by the family of Anton Black, who was 19 when he died in 2018 in police custody. A lack of oxygen would impact the brain first, causing someone to become disoriented and speak incoherently, Fowler said.
Potter is at least the third USA law enforcement officer to face charges after claiming they mistakenly killed someone with a gun when they meant to use a Taser.
The news release announcing the charge noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left.
Responding to criticism that law enforcement overreacted to a small-scale provocation two hours before a city curfew took effect, Mayor Mike Elliott said the local sheriff's office, rather than city police, oversaw crowd-control operations on Tuesday night.
Julious Zinnah, a 17-year-old student, said he was out protesting for a second consecutive night because the injustice had hit home.
"Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant", he said.
Wright was killed just miles from the Minneapolis courthouse where the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former policeman charged with murdering Floyd last May, is taking place.
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 "can't breathe". "It's unacceptable", Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams said.