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Daunte Wright’s family lawyers react to the jury’s guilty verdict in the Kim Potter manslaughter trial

Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter has been found guilty of manslaughter for the death of Daunte Wright. Wright’s legal team released a statement following Potter’s conviction.

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Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter has been found guilty of manslaughter for the death of Daunte Wright. Wright’s legal team released a statement following Potter’s conviction.

“The Wright family feels relieved that the judicial system has accepted some responsibility for the senseless death of their son, brother, father, and friend,” lawyers Antonio Romanucci, Benjamin Crump, and Jeff Storms said in a statement. We will remember that day for the unwarranted and overbearing traffic stop to the gunshot that took his life. It will be a day to remember for this family, and for all of us, of why we desperately need reforms in enforcement, training, and regulations. We must be accountable and committed to listening and making significant changes to restore the trust of Black and disenfranchised Americans in law enforcement.”

They continued, “Now that Kim Potter has been sentenced, it is imperative that we ensure the strongest and most just punishment possible for him.” The statement added that “we must also direct our attention to Brooklyn Center’s conduct and pinpoint its systemic failures that caused the death of Daunte.”

In addition to charges of first-degree manslaughter, Potter was also found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. In four days after hearing closing arguments from both sides, a predominantly white jury deliberated for nearly 27 hours.

Earlier in the proceedings, Potter pleaded not guilty, maintaining that she made a mistake in choosing to use her firearm rather than a taser. The defendant said on the stand that she did not intend to hurt anyone during the trial. “Taser, taser, taser,” Potter yelled, but nothing happened, then he said she shot him.” Potter testified.

According to Judge Regina Chu, Potter will be sentenced on Feb. 18, 2022, at 10:00 AM ET.

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