Judge: Most Serious Charge Against Ex-Brooklyn Center Officer Will Stand
The most serious charge against Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, will stand.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Regina Chu made the ruling this week, denying the defense’s motion to drop the charge.
Potter was initially charged with second-degree manslaughter after the fatal shooting of Wright during a traffic stop April 11. Attorney General Keith Ellison added a first-degree manslaughter charge in September.
The more serious charge means the prosecution will have to prove to a jury that Potter acted “recklessly” in causing Wright’s death. A second-degree manslaughter charge requires a finding of “culpable negligence.”
Potter’s trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.