UPDATE (April 14 at 8 p.m. CT): Kim Potter has been released from jail on $100,000 bond. She is expected to appear in court on Thursday. Potter faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
Former Brooklyn Center Police Department Officer Kim Potter is expected to be charged with second-degree manslaughter after killing Daunte Wright on April 11. This announcement comes less than 24 hours after Potter resigned from the local police force after 26 years. Alongside Potter, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned from the police force. Both resignations came as a surprise to Brooklyn Center Mayor who said that he is expected Potter to be placed on administrative leave.
“Well, what I understand is that the officer stepping down has the effect, I think, of speaking to one of the things the community, the folks who have been out here protesting, have been calling for: that is that the officer should be relieved of her duties,” Brooklyn Center Mike Elliott said.
“I hope this will bring some calm to the community, but I think ultimately people want justice, they want full accountability under the law. So that’s what we’re going to continue to work for.”
The Wright family has not yet issued a statement regarding these most recent developments. Brooklyn Center officials are expected to address the public later today. More details will be added to this report as they become available.