OFFICER Kim Potter is set to stand trial for allegedly killing Daunte Wright when she confused a gun and Taser as there's enough evidence.

The former Brooklyn Center officer, who is white, attended a pretrial hearing, on Monday afternoon in Hennepin County District Court.



Potter appeared alongside her attorney, Earl Gray, wearing a black cardigan.

She spoke briefly to confirm that she had no objection to conducting the hearing via Zoom.

During the hearing, Judge Chu sent her condolences to Wright's family before confirming that she finds probable cause to support the charges against Potter.

The former officer showed little to no emotion when the decision was made, and for the rest of the court appearance.

Wright, father of a young son, was killed April 11 after a traffic stop.


The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said he believes Potter meant to use her Taser on Wright instead of her handgun.

Body camera video shows her shouting “Taser!” multiple times before firing. The shooting ignited days of unrest.

Wright’s family members and protesters had wanted prosecutors to file murder charges.

The shooting happened amid the trial for Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder for pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck as the black man said he couldn’t breathe.

Police have said Wright was pulled over for expired tags, but they sought to arrest him after discovering an outstanding warrant.

The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and had a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.




Police body camera video shows Potter approaching Wright as he stands outside of his car as another officer is arresting him.

As Wright struggles with police, Potter shouts, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from a handgun in her right hand.

The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left, both with their grips facing rearward.

To remove the Taser — which is yellow and has a black grip — Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said.




Intent isn’t a necessary component of second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota.

The charge — which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison — can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by “culpable negligence” that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death.

Wright family attorney Ben Crump has disputed that the shooting was accidental, arguing that an experienced officer knows the difference between a Taser and a handgun.

Experts say cases of officers mistakenly firing their gun instead of a Taser are rare, usually less than once a year nationwide.


Brooklyn Center was moving toward firing Potter when she resigned shortly after the shooting.

The city’s police chief also resigned, after the City Council fired the city manager.

Wright's family have demanded that Potter received a life-sentence for the death.

Wright's aunt, Naisha, said of Potter's conviction: "If we can have life, we want life. We gotta go life without him."

She also held up a printed photograph of a Taser and a gun, asking "y'all see the difference? This is a Taser, but no my nephew was killed with this -, a Glock."

Naisha went on to ask what would have happened if it was former officer Potter's child who had died.

"If someone killed her child, we wouldn't even be having all this press conference. Because whoever that would be would be under the jail again," she said.

"Can we get that same thing? I don't care what's said, what my nephew may have done, he was ours, we want the same conviction that anybody else of our race or even outside of our race, what they want to call a minority, would get."

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