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Policewoman Charged After Daunte Wright’s Death Near Minneapolis

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After three nights of protests, the policewoman who shot dead a young black man near Minneapolis was charged on Wednesday. Kim Potter, charged with “manslaughter”, was imprisoned Wednesday and then released at the end of the afternoon, against the payment of a bond which had been set at 100,000 dollars.

She will be presented to a judge on Thursday for a preliminary hearing, according to local media. The 48-year-old white policewoman faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

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Daunte Wright’s family took note of the prosecution of the policewoman, but criticized her justifications: “A female officer with 26 years of experience knows the difference between a Taser and a gun,” wrote their lawyer Ben Crump in a statement.

“We will continue to fight to obtain justice for Daunte, her family and all marginalized people of color. We will not stop until we obtain real reforms of the police and the judiciary. ”

An error between his service weapon and the Taser

Kim Potter opened fire on Sunday on Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American, during an ordinary traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, on the outskirts of Minneapolis. She then claimed to have confused her service weapon with her electric Taser gun.

“We intend to prove that Constable Potter neglected her responsibility to protect the public when she used her service weapon rather than her Taser,” commented the services of prosecutor Peter Orput.

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The drama has rekindled tensions in Minneapolis, where the trial of white policeman Derek Chauvin, on trial for the murder of African-American George Floyd, is currently taking place.

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Anxious to avoid a new conflagration in Minneapolis, where several businesses and a police station had burned down at the end of May, the authorities had declared a curfew on Sunday evening and called for reinforcements from the National Guard. Despite this device, clashes between the police and demonstrators have taken place every night since Sunday.

Without commenting on this issue, the White House considered that “the police too often used unnecessary force and that this too often led to the death of African Americans” and recognized “the need of reforms ”.

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