USA protesters rally for third night over killing of Black man

US protesters rally for third night over killing of Black man

US protesters rally for third night over killing of Black man

Wright, 20, was shot and killed by cop Kimberly Potter who said she mistook her gun for a taser during a traffic stop.

This booking photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., sheriff shows Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright.

Many protesters and Mr Wright's family members have rejected this, saying that either they do not believe it or that the incident reflects bias in policing, with Mr Wright ending up dead after being stopped for an expired auto registration.

Potter, a 26-year veteran, was training another officer at the time. She was reportedly remanded to the Hennepin County Jail.

Potter, who also resigned Tuesday, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter.

Hennepin County Judge Paul Scoggin set the next court date for May 17 and ordered Potter, who is out on a $100,000 United States bond, not to use firearms or explosives for the duration of her case.

To convict Potter of second-degree manslaughter under Minnesota law, prosecutors must show that she was "culpably negligent" and took an "unreasonable risk" in her actions against Wright. Acting City Manager Reggie Edwards said Wednesday that because Potter resigned, she is entitled to "all accrual and benefits that is due".

"If the officer was Black, perhaps even a minority man, and the victim was a young, white female affluent kid, the chief would have fired him immediately and the county prosecutor would have charged him with murder, without a doubt", said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Officers said they then discovered Wright had a warrant for his arrest.

According to court records, Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. Officers had stopped Wright's auto Sunday, and body camera footage showed Potter drawing her weapon as she shouted "Taser" and firing at Wright.

As the officers tried to take Wright into custody, the 20-year-old got back into his vehicle, police said.

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"I said, "If you grow up, you can be whatever you want to be", Mr Mason said. "Taser! Taser!" before firing a single shot from a handgun in her right hand. "We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser".

Potter's handgun and Taser were holstered on opposite sides of her belt in such a way that she would have had to use her left hand to draw the electric-stun device, the county attorney's office said.

"While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back", attorneys representing the Wright family said in a statement.

The prosecutors also said Potter's partner officer, Anthony Luckey, had determined after stopping Wright that he had an outstanding warrant for a "gross misdemeanor weapons charge".

A few years ago, Daunte Wright was talking to a high school mentor about what to do if he was pulled over by police.

Ellison, the state Attorney General in Minnesota, addressed protesters on Monday night in Brooklyn Center.

Brooklyn Center had a 10 p.m. curfew Wednesday, the fourth night in a row that the city has taken that action.

Protesters assembled outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters for a third night on Tuesday, some throwing bottles and other projectiles over a fence surrounding the building.

The killing of Mr Floyd by police officers a year ago sparked global protests, and galvanised the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement.

Curfews were in place for Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Crystal, Columbia Heights, New Hope and Maple Grove from 10pm local time, KSTP reports. Today, a majority of residents are Black, Asian or Hispanic.

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