Former Minnesota police officer, Kim Potter, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright, has been released from prison after serving just two years of her sentence.
Potter shot and killed 20-year-old Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, in April 2021. Wright, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, attempted to flee the scene, and Potter, who claimed she mistook her gun for her taser, fired a single shot that killed him.
Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter and convicted in December 2021. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after serving two-thirds of her sentence.
After serving just two years of her sentence, Potter was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee on Saturday, April 22. She will now serve the remainder of her sentence on supervised release.
The decision to release Potter has sparked outrage from Wright’s family and supporters, who say that the punishment does not fit the crime. They argue that Potter’s actions were intentional and that she should have been charged with murder.
In a statement, Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said that the release of Potter was “a slap in the face” to her family and to the community.
“She killed my son, and now she’s free to go on with her life while I have to live with the pain of losing him every day,” Wright said.
The case has also reignited calls for police reform and accountability, with activists and lawmakers demanding that police officers be held to a higher standard of conduct and that there be more transparency and oversight of police actions.
In response to the release of Potter, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called for a review of the state’s criminal justice system, including its sentencing guidelines and parole process.
“We must ensure that justice is served and that the victims of crimes receive the support and resources they need to heal and recover,” Walz said in a statement.
Potter’s release comes amid a nationwide debate over the role of police in society and the need for reforms to address issues of racial bias and police brutality.
As the debate continues, the families of Daunte Wright and others who have lost loved ones to police violence are left to mourn and call for change.
In conclusion, the release of Kim Potter, the former police officer who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright, has sparked outrage and renewed calls for police reform and accountability. While Potter has served just two years of her 10-year sentence, the impact of her actions on Wright’s family and the community will last much longer. As the nation continues to grapple with issues of police violence and racial bias, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to ensure justice and equality for all.