Former police officer Kim Potter, who was convicted of both first- and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal traffic-stop shooting of Daunte Wright, received her sentence today, sparking outrage on Twitter.
Judge Regina Chu sentenced Potter, who mistook her gun for her Taser, to just 16 months behind bars and an additional eight months of supervision following her release. She will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.
Body cam of the traffic stop gone horribly wrong shocked Americans.
As reported in BizPac Review, while calls for “Justice for Daunte Wright!” quickly rose in Minneapolis — a city that was still reeling from the images of police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd — not everyone was rushing to Wright’s defense. The 20-year-old “was reportedly often armed and dangerous.”
Indeed, two women who claimed Wright was brutal both said in separate interviews that “Karma’s a b—-” as Potter’s trial got underway.
Still, 16 months isn’t even close to the more than six to 8 1/2 years a first-degree manslaughter conviction would normally carry Fox News Digital pointed out.
“She never intended to hurt anyone,” Judge Chu said as she battled to control her own emotions. “Her conduct cries out for a sentence significantly below the guidelines.”
Chu stated Potter was remorseful.
“She showed that today, she showed that when it happened,” Judge Chu said.
Judge Chu stressed this case was very different from that of Chauvin’s.
“This is not a cop found guilty of murder for using his knee to pin down a person for 9 1/2 minutes as he gasped for air,” she stated. “This is a cop who made a tragic mistake.”
Perhaps, but it was little comfort to the parents of Wright, who gave statements immediately following the sentencing.
“So once again, we are standing here to say that we’re very disappointed in the outcome,” said Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother. “Yes, we got a conviction and we thank everybody for that. But again, this isn’t okay.”
“This is the problem with our justice system today,” she continued. “White women tears trumps, trumps justice. And I thought my white woman tears would be good enough because they’re true and genuine. But when they’re coerced, coached, and taught by the defense attorney, I guess we didn’t have a win in this at all.”
“I feel cheated,” said Daunte’s father, Arbuey Wright. “I feel hurt. I’m very upset that my son’s life was taken. And that it seemed to me that nobody even cared enough, you know, it was like they were so tied up to [Potter’s] feelings and what’s going on with her that they forgot about my son being killed.”
“A life was taken,” he stated. “And it’s just sad today that I feel like we was tricked. … You know, we actually thought we was gonna get a little justice. You know, nothing could ease our mind from Daunte being killed, but just the fact of knowing that this lady was going to pay for that, it gave us a little sea of hope like, you know, things were going to get a little better.”
“But now, I walk out of this courthouse feeling like people are laughing at us because this lady got a slap on the wrist and we still every night sitting around crying, waiting on my son to come home,” he added before breaking into tears.
On Twitter, the outrage is palpable.
(** Language warning)
Kim Potter just received 16 months and a $1,000 fine for the murder of Daunte Wright.
This is a fucking disgrace.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 18, 2022
And not even two full years. 16 months plus credit for time served, and a paltry $1,000 fine. The judge sounds like she is about to cry, not for Daunte Wright and his family, but for Kim Potter. Wow.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) February 18, 2022
Kids go to prison for dime bags longer than Kim Potter will serve for murdering a young man. This judge reduced the sentence as far as she could.
— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) February 18, 2022
A Black mom using a false address for her kid to go to a better public school
A Black man with a traffic ticket
A mom caught shoplifting Simulac
— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) February 18, 2022
Martha Stewart got a longer jail sentence than Kim Potter. This is utter bullshit.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 18, 2022
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