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A community leader speaks as protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center police station to protest the death of Daunte Wright. Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Minnesota prosecutors upgraded charges Thursday against Kim Potter, the former police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.

Why it matters: Potter is now charged with first-degree manslaughter in addition to a prior charge of second-degree manslaughter, but activists have pushed for murder charges during protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, AP notes.

  • Potter shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop in April. She has since claimed that she meant to reach for her Taser instead of her handgun. Potter was released on a $100,000 bond on April 15.
  • Wright's death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center during the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.

The big picture: The complaint filed Thursday alleges that 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.”

  • The first-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Potter is set to stand trial Nov. 30.

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Sheneen McClain, center, mother of Elijah McClain, speaks in Oct. 1, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and legal counsel. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A Colorado grand jury returned a 32-count indictment against police officers and paramedics in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: The grand jury charged each of the three officers and two paramedics with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the state’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change

"Catalyst Black." Screenshot: Super Evil Megacorp

Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.