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Daunte Wright’s mother said through tears Thursday that the arrest this week of the Minnesota cop who killed her son during a botched traffic stop is just not enough.
Katie Wright, speaking at a press conference in Minneapolis, said the manslaughter charge lodged against ex-cop Kim Potter represents accountability — but not justice.
“Everybody keeps saying justice,” she said. “But unfortunately there’s never going to be justice for us. The justice would bring our son home to us, knocking on the door with his big smile, coming to the house, sitting down and eating dinner with us, going out to lunch.
“So justice isn’t even a word to me,” she said. “I do want accountability, 100 percent accountability, like my sister said. The highest accountability. But even then, when that happens, if that even happens, we’re still going to bury our son.”
Wright, 20, was shot and killed by the since-fired Brooklyn Center police officer, who is due to make her first court appearance Thursday on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the case.
Potter was among the cops who pulled Wright’s car over around 2 p.m. Sunday in the Minneapolis suburb — and shot him once when he tried to flee police.
The 48-year-old veteran cop can be heard on bodycam footage yelling, “Taser! Taser!,” but is instead holding a Glock 9mm handgun.
“Holy s–t!” she said after firing. “I just shot him.”
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who joined the family at Thursday’s press conference, questioned why Potter would even reach for her Taser.
“I don’t know what’s in her heart, because he didn’t even need to be tased,” Crump said. “Why is it that they do this to black people, and when they over-police us, when they use the most force, it has deadly consequences for us and our children.”
But Crump also noted that Potter’s prompt arrest and the nearby murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death may signal that “we are starting to see a change in America,” where cops who kill black people are held accountable.
“So, we are making progress, and I want to encourage those protesters, those young people, those activists, that you’re making a difference,” Crump said. “And Minneapolis, Minnesota, right there now is ground zero for that change.”
The Brooklyn Center City Council voted Monday to fire both Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon over the incident — but both submitted letters of resignation the following morning.
Investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter on Wednesday and she was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.
She was released on a $100,000 bond later in the day pending her court appearance.
Police said Wright was pulled over for having an expired registration, but cops at the scene determined he was sought on a warrant on a 2019 attempted robbery case.
The bodycam video shows another officer take Wright out of his car, but he breaks away and gets back in the driver’s seat, where he gets into a scuffle with the officer.
That’s when Potter fires the shot before Wright speeds away.
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