Kim Potter, the former Minnesota cop who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright in 2021, will be released on Monday, according to the state department of Prisons.
In February 2022, the 50-year-old was sentenced to two years for first and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11, 2021 slaying of Wright, 20, in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.
Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, claimed she drew her handgun instead of her Taser in the incident, which triggered nationwide outrage and protests.
She has been incarcerated at the Shakopee Minnesota Correctional Facility since December 23, 2021. She will be supervised for another eight months after her release.
Potter’s attorneys did not reply immediately to an NBC News request for comment.
According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Potter will be supervised during her release.
“We will quickly adjust and alter our release procedures if we obtain information that indicates there is a credible threat to Kim Potter’s safety or the safety of others,” the department said.
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Police pulled Wright over in the 2021 shooting because he had exp*red license plate tags and an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, according to officials. Police said they uncovered an outstanding warrant and attempted to apprehend Wright before shooting him.
Potter testified at trial, in tears, about the moment she recognized what she had done.
“We were trying to keep him from driving away. It just, it just went chaotic. … And then, I remember yelling, ‘Taser. Taser. Taser.’ And nothing happened. And then, he told me, I shot him,” she continued.
Wright’s de@th came about a year after the police ki!!ing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, igniting a new surge of protest over police violence and institutional racism.
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Wright was assassinated just 10 miles north of the courthouse where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in Floyd’s de@th.
Potter’s sentence was much less than the 86-month sentence sought by prosecutors, prompting Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, to declare after the sentencing that “the justice system m*rdered him all over again.”
According to Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu, Potter deserved less because she attempted to use her Taser rather than her gun.
“This is one of the saddest cases that I’ve had in my 20 years on the bench,” Chu said.
Potter was sentenced to two-thirds in prison and one-third on supervised release, with credit for 58 days previously served.
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For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.