Jury convicts Kim Potter of manslaughter in shooting death of motorist Daunte Wright

December 24, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis police officer has been found guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright.

Kim Potter said she meant to use her Taser to try to stop the 20-year-old Wright from fleeing during an April 11 traffic stop but accidentally grabbed her gun instead.

She was convicted on both counts Thursday.

First-degree manslaughter required prosecutors to prove that she acted recklessly, while second-degree manslaughter required them to establish that she acted with culpable negligence.

The 49 year-old Potter will be held in custody pending her sentencing, which is scheduled for February 18.