Ex-US Cop Who Shot Black Man Bags Two-Year Imprisonment

A former US police officer who shot dead a young African-American man after mistaking her gun for her Taser was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after an emotional court hearing.
Kim Potter, 49, was convicted in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter for shooting Daunte Wright in the chest during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, in April 2021.
Judge Regina Chu rejected the prosecution’s request that Potter be given seven years in prison and sentenced her to two years, of which the former officer will have to serve at least 16 months.
“This is one of the saddest cases I’ve had in my 20 years on the bench,” Chu said. “On the one hand, a young man was killed and on the other a respected 26-year veteran police officer made a tragic error by pulling her handgun instead of her Taser.”
“I recognize there will be those who disagree with the sentence,” the judge said. “There is no question that Ms. Potter is extremely remorseful.
“Officer Potter made a mistake that ended tragically. She never intended to hurt anyone. Her conduct cries out for a sentence significantly below the guidelines,” Chu said, wiping away tears.
Chu’s sentencing came after Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, other members of the Wright family, and Potter herself addressed the court.
“I’ll never be able to forgive you for what you’ve stolen from us,” Katie Wright said. “She took our baby boy with a single gunshot through the heart. She shattered mine.
“He had so much life ahead of him,” she added of her son, who was 20 years old when he died and the father of a baby boy. “You took his future, what he could have been.”
A sobbing Potter told the Wright family she was sorry.
“I understand a mother’s love and I am sorry I broke your heart,” she told Daunte Wright’s mother. “I am so sorry that I hurt you so badly.”
The shooting of Wright, whose father was Black and mother is white, came during the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man.
Chauvin, who kneeled on the neck of a handcuffed Floyd for nearly 10 minutes until he passed out and died, is serving 22 years in prison for the murder.
Floyd’s death was filmed by a bystander and sparked months of protests in the United States against racial injustice and police brutality. Wright’s death triggered several nights of protests and unrest in Brooklyn Center before Potter’s arrest calmed tensions.

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