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Former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter to be released

Potter received a two-year sentence for killing Daunte Wright in 2021, 16 months of which were to be served in prison.
Potter was sentenced for killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021, during a traffic stop. Photo from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Potter was sentenced for killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021, during a traffic stop. Photo from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Former Brooklyn Center Police Department officer Kim Potter is set to be released from prison on Monday, two years after killing Daunte Wright. 

Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, died after Potter claimed to confuse her gun for her taser and fatally shot him during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021. Potter resigned two days after she killed Wright and was convicted of first and second-degree manslaughter in December 2021. 

Potter, who had no previous criminal history, was sentenced to two years in prison in February 2022, only 16 months of which were to be served in prison. The remainder would be served under supervised release. 

The sentence was below typical guidelines for someone without a criminal history, which is at least six years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and 3.5 years for second-degree manslaughter. 

While the exact time of Potter’s release is uncertain, she is expected to be released from Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee under standard release procedures, according to Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Andy Skoogman. Potter’s release time will not be released due to “security reasons.”

“Our criminal investigative analysts are working closely with law enforcement to monitor the situation to ensure Kim Potter, like all incarcerated persons, is safe as she leaves our facility,” Skoogman wrote in an email to the Minnesota Daily. “We will quickly adjust and alter our release procedures if we obtain information that indicates there is a credible threat to Kimberly Potter’s safety or the safety of others.”

Wright’s murder came during Derek Chauvin’s trial for killing George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, and sparked further protests from activists for several nights to mourn Wright and call for police reform. 

“Her incarceration was just a moment in time,” Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother, said, according to reporting from the Star Tribune. “She’s cursed us with a forever life sentence.”

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  • TA
    Apr 24, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    It’s a good thing no one on earth cares what you think.

    Daunte Wright literally murdered someone by shooting them in the head a week before karma caught up with him.

    You think you’re a good person but you’re not. You’re a loser desperately searching for moral high grounds to stand on so that you can pretend your life has value.

  • Mira Altobell-Resendez
    Apr 24, 2023 at 11:28 am

    You are a pathetic person

  • Nah
    Apr 21, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    She should have been given an award for removing someone who was objectively trash from our streets.