Updated Apr 21, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Kim Potter, officer who killed Daunte Wright, to be released from prison

Kim Potter testifying in court with a yellow sweater

Former police officer Kimberly Potter testifies during her trial last year. Screenshot via court video feed.

A former Minnesota police officer convicted of fatally shooting a 20-year-old Black man during a 2021 traffic stop is set to be released from prison on Monday.

The big picture: Kimberly Potter was sentenced to two years for killing Daunte Wright while attempting to take him into custody in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center.

Catch up fast: Potter and another officer pulled over Wright, who was Black, for a hanging air freshener and expired tags, according to an amended criminal complaint. They then tried to take him into custody over a separate arrest warrant.

  • Potter, who is white, has said she inadvertently pulled her gun instead of her Taser as Wright tried to flee. A Hennepin County jury convicted her of first- and second-degree manslaughter.

What they're saying: A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Corrections confirmed Potter's April 24 release date but declined to specify a time, citing security concerns.

  • Attorneys for Potter and the Wright family have not responded to Axios' request for comment on her planned release.

Flashback: Potter petitioned the state Board of Pardons for an early release last year, saying she has taken responsibility for Wright's killing and intends to work with survivors of domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness upon release.

  • The board declined to formally consider the request at its December meeting, citing her relatively short sentence and remaining time behind bars.

Of note: Under Minnesota's sentencing guidelines, people serve two-thirds of their prison sentence incarcerated and the remaining third on supervised release.

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Potter inadvertently pulled her gun instead of her Taser, not her Taser instead of her gun.

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