PA Bill Number: SB290
Title: In terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary.
Description: In terms and courses of study, providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary. ...
Last Action: Referred to EDUCATION
Last Action Date: Jan 31, 2023
Officer found guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright case :: 12/24/2021
The death of Daunte Wright was an awful tragedy. Yes, there were warrants out for his arrest, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was shot when Officer Kim Potter meant to use her taser.
That makes it a tragedy all on its own.
Potter found herself on trial. Now, she’s probably going to find herself in prison.
For better or worse, this was probably the right decision.
The fact of the matter is that Potter, a field training officer, made a horrific mistake that resulted in someone’s death. It’s clear from the video that she intended to use her taser, only to use her firearm instead.
This is why many departments mandate the guns be carried on opposite sides, a policy I think should be in every department in the nation in an effort to stop this kind of thing from happening again.
The truth is that as a training officer, she’s expected to know better. She’s expected to be equipped with the knowledge to prevent something like this from happening. Only, it happened anyway.
Obviously, not everyone is going to be thrilled with this verdict. Some apparently believe Potter did nothing wrong, despite Potter’s own words to the contrary on the video of the incident. That’s fine, though. People can think whatever they want.
Potter is likely going to prison for at least a few years. I doubt she’ll get the maximum sentence, though Judge Chu didn’t seem particularly sympathetic to Potter in the least. That might not bode well or a lenient sentence, but we’ll have to see.
This conviction comes on the heels of the conviction of Derek Chauvin’s over the death of George Floyd. As this is in the same neck of the woods, it’s going to be difficult not to link the two in some manner.
However, these are fundamentally different cases. For Potter, her mistake is far more understandable. It’s wrong and it shouldn’t have happened, but in the heat of the moment, it’s not difficult to imagine pulling the wrong gun and not noticing the difference in weight. You might have to work at it, but you can do it.
We’ll have to see if that understanding plays into Potter’s sentencing.