Brooklyn Center Residents React To Kim Potter Verdict
The Brooklyn Center Police Department has been preparing for the conclusion of the Kim Potter trial for months.
Thursday afternoon, former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter was found guilty on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright last April during a traffic stop.
Brooklyn Center police increased patrols and marked off space for peaceful protests.
Some residents gathered at the Daunte Wright memorial site near 63rd Avenue and Kathrene Drive after the verdict. People we spoke with say they believe justice was served.
“I’m satisfied. I’m happy with the verdict because it seems like now we’re starting to get justice, and people are starting to hear and see what’s going on in the world,” said Hajji McReynolds, who lives in Brooklyn Center.
“I’m amazed that she’s finally convicted, and it’s all over with,” said Amanda Thell, from Minneapolis.
“I just wanted to come out and offer my support and condolences to the family. Accident or not, a life was taken, and even though I didn’t know Daunte personally, I just want to come out and honor him,” said Brooklyn Center resident Derek Zupfer.
Kim Potter, 49, could face a maximum sentence of 15 years for the first-degree manslaughter charge, while the second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Potter will be sentenced Feb. 18.