Kim Potter was arrested and charged on April 14 after the death of a young African American near Minneapolis during a traffic stop. Since the tragedy, the city has been rocked by a series of violent demonstrations.
The policewoman who shot dead a young African-American in Brooklyn Center near Minneapolis was arrested and charged on April 14, after three nights of protests interspersed with violence in the northern metropolis of the United States. Kim Potter was taken into custody and charged with “manslaughter”, according to a statement from prosecutor Peter Orput, in charge of the case.
The 48-year-old policewoman opened fire on April 11 on 20-year-old Daunte Wright during an ordinary traffic stop. She then claimed to have confused her service weapon with her electric Taser gun. Soon presented to a judge, the policewoman now faces up to ten years in prison.
“We intend to prove that Agent Potter neglected her responsibility to protect the public when she used her service weapon rather than her Taser,” commented the services of prosecutor Peter Orput.
The drama has rekindled tensions in Minneapolis, where the trial of white policeman Derek Chauvin, on trial for the murder of African-American George Floyd, is currently taking place. On May 25, the agent had remained kneeling for nearly ten minutes on the neck of the black forty-something. Filmed the scene had led to protests around the world.
Anxious to avoid a new conflagration in Minneapolis, where several businesses and a police station had burned down at the end of May, the authorities had decreed as of the evening of April 11, a curfew and called reinforcements of the National Guard.
Despite this device, clashes between the police and demonstrators have taken place every night since April 11. 78 people were arrested on the 13th, after a tense face-to-face with the police.