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Ex-cop Potter responsible for Wright death makes court appearance

Ex-cop Potter responsible for Wright death makes court appearance

Washington, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The former Minnesota police officer accused of killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop Sunday spent just five minutes in front of a judge during her first court appearance Thursday.
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Judge Paul Scoggin confirmed with Kimberly Potter some personal information such as her address, and set next hearing for May 17.

Potter, a 26-year veteran of Minnesota’s Brooklyn Center Police Department and former union president, and Officer Anthony Luckey pulled Wright over just outside of Minneapolis Sunday afternoon, then tried to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge, according to the criminal complaint.

Wright pulled away and tried to get back into his car, at which point Potter pulled out her gun and fired once, hitting him.

Potter, 48, if convicted, will face a second-degree manslaughter sentence and a fine of up to $20,000.

According to a statement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Potter was arrested in the morning and taken to the Hennepin County Penitentiary, from where she was released in the evening after $100,000 bail.

Hundreds of people protested for four straight days in Minneapolis for Wright´s death, whose cause, according to former police chief of Brooklyn Center Thomas Gannon, was due to a mistake by Potter when she used her firearm rather than her Taser.

For activists like Toshira Garraway, Wright’s killing is another example of police brutality and systemic discrimination in the Unit

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