Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Daunte Wright earlier this year.
According to former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the Black 20-year-old was initially pulled over for having an expired registration tag. However, officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge and tried to arrest him, which police say he resisted.
Potter previously said she will testify in court in her own defense.
The former cop faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted of first-degree manslaughter. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Potter was initially only charged with second-degree manslaughter. However, in September, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed an amended complaint to add the first-degree manslaughter charge. The revised charge claims Potter caused Wright’s death “while committing the misdemeanor offense of reckless handling or use of a firearm so as to endanger the safety of another with such force and violence that death or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable.”