Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter has been sentenced in the killing of Daunte Wright. The judge in the case gave her 24 months and a fine of $1,000.
The former officer is set to serve 16 months in prison and eight months on supervised release, far below the six years – 8 and ½ years the recommended sentence is for her most serious charge, first degree manslaughter, The Washington Post reported.
The family of Wright, and many on Twitter, were furious with what they believed to be not a big enough sentence for the former officer.
Hennepin County Judge Regina M. Chu said Friday said that Potter made a “tragic mistake … and ended up killing a young man,” but what she did did not have the aggravating factors that would have called for a longer sentence.
“Kim Potter murdered my son. He died April 11,” the victim’s mother Katie Wright said. “Today, the justice system murdered him all over again.”
During the victim impact statement Wright’s mom did not mention Potter by name but called her “the defendant.”
“I will never be able to forgive you for what you’ve stolen from us,” she said. “A police officer who’s supposed to serve and protect took so much away from us.”
“Please keep in mind the impact this has caused her family and herself is just a small storm that’s going to pass, compared to our life sentence without Daunte,” she argued.
On Wednesday, Scott Jensen, who is campaigning to be governor of Minnesota, said he would consider commuting her sentence.
“I’m glad to hear prosecutors are backing off ridiculous sentences for Officer Kim Potter. I said it last week, I stand with good cops and she made a mistake. I’ll look seriously at commuting her sentence as Governor,” he said.
I’m glad to hear prosecutors are backing off ridiculous sentences for Officer Kim Potter. I said it last week, I stand with good cops and she made a mistake.
I’ll look seriously at commuting her sentence as Governor.pic.twitter.com/uiaBM1j5nF
— Scott Jensen (@drscottjensen) February 17, 2022
But many on Twitter were furious.
“Kim Potter sentenced to 2 years for killing Daunte Wright. And the judge is giving her all the sympathy in the world. It really sounded like she was about to give her probation. But this is barely more than that,” MSNBC host Joy Reid said.
Kim Potter sentenced to 2 years for killing Daunte Wright. And the judge is giving her all the sympathy in the world. It really sounded like she was about to give her probation. But this is barely more than that…
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) 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 In all of those cases they received longer sentences than cop Kim Potter for killing a Black man,” BNC News contributor Ameshia Cross said.
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
“Kim Potter only received two years for murdering Daunte Wright. Black women have served similar time, and more, for falsifying their address so their children can attend school in a better district,” author Frederick Joseph said.
Kim Potter only received two years for murdering Daunte Wright.
Black women have served similar time, and more, for falsifying their address so their children can attend school in a better district.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) February 18, 2022
But The Daily Mail reported on the life of crime that Daunte Wright led prior to the shooting, which included “ having been involved in the shooting of two of his school friends, a home burglary, and had previously assaulted and robbed a young woman at gunpoint.”
‘He’s an evil human being. Worse than a monster, a waste of space on earth,’ Jennifer LeMay told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
She said her son Caleb, now 18, was left permanently disabled after Wright, his one-time friend, allegedly shot him in the head at a gas station and left him to die two years ago…
Months after Wright’s death, another a woman identified only as ‘C.V.,’ (crime victim) sued Wright’s estate on November 29, for assault and battery, sexual assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She said that “Wright pointed his gun at her and kept saying: ‘I know you have the money, give me the f**king money, we know you have the money, that is what we are here for.’
“I then looked at Emajay and said to him, ‘are you kidding me?’” she said.
“No, just listen to him. Do what he says, just do it,” she said he told her.
“He pointed the gun at my head, only a few feet away. I stared down the barrel of his gun. I looked him dead in his eyes and I saw nothing but darkness, pure evil,” the victim said.
“I asked him if taking my life over $800 is worth going to prison for the rest of your life?
“After I said that, he put the gun down to his side and with his other hand began to choke me for about 10 seconds.
“I dropped to the floor on my knees to try to break free. I was screaming at him, stop, stop, hoping my neighbors would hear something,” she said.
She said that he attempted to get the cash from her bra.
“Daunte then grabbed me by the neck again and started to choke me, I yelled, ‘I don’t have the money,’” she said.
The men ran from the scene and the victim still had her cash. They were arrested days later.