If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
Minnesota prosecutors will charge a white policeman with manslaughter, who shot and killed a black man at a traffic stop near Minneapolis, sparking protests and riots, and exacerbating the already accused murder Tensions in the area shaken by George Floyd’s police trial.
Washington County Attorney Pete Opt announced that Kim Porter, who will resign as a police officer the day before, will be indicted on Wednesday. If found guilty, Potter could face up to 10 years in prison.
Three days ago, Porter shot and killed a 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright in downtown Brooklyn. Porter and police chief Tim Gannon resigned on Tuesday. Gannon said that Porter shot Wright by mistake, and all he wanted to do was hit him with a stun gun or taser.
Porter’s lawyer did not immediately respond to the Associated Press’s request for comment.
The incident triggered protests and riots, including allegations that the incident was not accidental and the judicial system was biased against blacks. Activists pointed out that Wright was detained by agents because his vehicle registration expired, but eventually died.
On Monday, Gannon released a video shot by Potter’s body camera. In it, Porter was seen approaching Wright, who was standing next to his car, and another agent arrested him under a pending arrest warrant. The arrest warrant corresponds to the fact that Wright refused to appear in court after being accused of evading the police and possessing weapons in June.
In the video, you can see Wright struggling with the agent, and Potter yelled to him: “I will hit you with a Taser! I will hit you with a Taser!”. When Wright left the police and returned to his vehicle, the police shot him.
This was accused of killing in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white policeman in Minneapolis last year, when he also killed George Floyd, a black black man.
The mayor of Brooklyn Center Mike Elliott said at a press conference that the city is already firing Potter, and she has resigned for 26 years. He expressed the hope that resignation “will bring some peace to society”, but he will continue to fight for “full justice”.
Elliott said: “This is what we will continue to work hard to achieve.” “We must ensure that justice is done. This is what Daunte Wright deserves, and this is what his family deserves.”
On Tuesday night, protests broke out again in the area. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Brooklyn Central Police Station, which is now surrounded by concrete barriers and high metal fences, and is under the surveillance of riot police and the National Guard.
About 90 minutes before the curfew began, the police announced through a loudspeaker that the protest had been declared illegal and ordered him to be dispersed. This triggered a new conflict: the demonstrators fired fireworks and other objects at the police headquarters, and the police responded with stun grenades and irritating gases, and then marched into the crowd.
The police announced on the megaphone: “They were ordered to disperse.” They warned that anyone who violated the order would be arrested.