‘Burn it down!’ Protesters join with Duante Wright’s mother outside home of Kim Potter judge

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Following the sentencing of former police officer Kim Potter, activists joined Daunte Wright’s mother in chanting “burn it down” outside the judges home in protests that may have lead to looting.

Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu sentenced Potter to 16 months in prison and eight months of supervised release after the December 2021 conviction of first and second degree manslaughter that resulted in the death of Daunte Wright.

Chu cited an otherwise untarnished 26-year career in her decision for a lenient sentence. However, Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, believed that her “white women tears” should count for more than the justice system.

Wright’s family called for a press conference after the sentence where they were joined by community activists and demonstrators. The sentiment that the sentence was a “slap in the face” was repeated by Daunte’s brother Damik Wright and Johanthon McLellan of the Minnesota Justice Coalition, WCCO reported.

“This was an opportunity to set an example,” McLellan said. “The court chose to slap Kim Potter, a convicted killer cop, on the hand. While at the same time slapping the family and us in the face.”

“We feel more like a slap in the face than anything,” Damik Wright said. “We feel more like the Attorney General Keith Ellison didn’t give his all in this case and settled for less.”

Ellison had requested a sentence of seven years and two months for Potter’s conviction.

Damik added, “We want everyone to know that the fight for justice is not over and that we stand with everyone else. That’s really all we can say,” before the activists drove a nearly 100 car caravan to park outside the condominium they believe Judge Chu to reside in.

The “fight for justice” led the demonstrators, including Katie Wright, to shout “burn it down” in a call and answer chant outside the complex.

This call appears to be an outcry over the activists’ sentiment that the justice system is not serving their ends. This idea was echoed by Courtney Ross, the girlfriend of deceased George Floyd who also was a teacher of Daunte Wright.

Ross asked, “Why have sentencing guidelines if you’re not going to follow them?”

Later that evening, Brooklyn Center Police reported that a beauty supply store was looted.

As seen in the video, the glass door was shattered. Police on the scene said this was an isolated incident, but there had been “reports of looters in the area.”



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