Kim Potter appears in court for fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

Kim Potter appears in court for fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

April 15, 2021

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The former Minnesota police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright made her first court appearance Thursday afternoon in a brief, remote hearing that was held on Zoom — only speaking when asked by the judge if she was there.

Kim Potter, who is charged with manslaughter, fleetingly appeared on camera during the short hearing and wore a dark, checkered button-down shirt. Her lawyer, Earl Gray, spoke on her behalf and waived a reading of the complaint against her.

The former cop was ordered to appear in court again on May 17 and will remain free on $100,000 pending trial, Judge Paul Scoggin ordered.

Potter will also be barred from handling firearms, ammunition and explosives while she’s free on bail, Scoggin said in the hearing.

Potter is charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter for shooting Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 11.

In video of the encounter, Potter aims her gun at Wright as he tries to back away from officers who pulled him over.

Potter screams, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” in the video, then fires a single shot from her Glock handgun, hitting Wright.

Police in the city claimed Potter — who resigned from the force after the shooting — meant to pull her Taser, but mistakenly aimed her firearm at Wright.

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