The family of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop, wants the cop who killed the young father to spend life behind bars.
On Thursday (April 15), Naisha Wright, the aunt of the slain male, gave an emotional speech reacting to the second-degree manslaughter charge that former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter received for the shooting. “Can we get a conviction? Can we get something? Manslaughter?!” she said. She then held up two images: one that featured a picture of a yellow taser and the other which featured an image of the gun used to kill her nephew.
“My brother and my sister need this woman to be convicted. If we could have life, we want life,” Naisha added. “We gotta go life without him.”
AS REVOLT previously reported, on Wednesday (April 14), Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting. According to charging documents, prosecutors are accusing her of “culpable negligence” and say she “created an unreasonable risk” when she shot the young man with a handgun instead of a taser.
“I can’t accept that — a mistake? That doesn’t even sound right,” Wright’s father, Aubrey, said earlier this week during an interview with “Good Morning America.” “This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”
On Thursday (April 15), Potter, who was released from prison on a $100,000 bond, virtually appeared in court for the first time since the incident, alongside Earl Gray, her defense attorney. Hennepin County District Court Judge Paul R. Scoggin said she will not be allowed to “possess, use or transport firearms, ammunitions or explosives” during the case. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
Watch Naisha’s speech below.