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While protest continue for the fourth night in Minneapolis, the white police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Daunte Wright is out on bond after being charged with second degree manslaughter.
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the criminal complaint against a Minnesota police officer gives a second by second timeline of the killing of Dante right, and that timeline shows just how quickly a traffic stop turned into chaos. 12 seconds at 21 PM and 49 seconds, Dante right was out of his car and being arrested. He pulled away from the officers and climbed into his car. Six seconds later, officer Kim Potter warned him that she would fire a taser at exactly 202 pm. She warned him again one second later, she shot him, not with a taser, of course, but with a gun. Now she faces second degree manslaughter charges and she's scheduled to appear in court this afternoon. NPR's David Schaper is covering all this in Minneapolis. David. Good morning. Good morning. And what does the second degree manslaughter charge mean? Well, it's a pretty serious felony and if convicted Kimberly potter could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $20,000. But it's also one of those charges that even if convicted, you could simply get probation and no jail time, depending on the circumstances and what the a jury judge decided. Yeah, I saw this, it's either prison time or even a fine. Right? So the criminal complaint alleges that the former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly potter caused the death of Dante right by her culpable negligence, and and in that she apparently mistakenly fired her gun at right when she intended to use her taser. And, you know, some police officials have called the shooting unintentional, but prosecutors don't have to improve intent to convict of second degree manslaughter in Minnesota. So the prosecutor who's handling this case says, you know, this is an action that caused the unlawful killing of Mr right, and this officer must be held accountable. How are people responding given these charges now? In the very same metropolitan area where the derek chauvin trial is continuing Well, you know, there's a lot of frustration here right now. It's and it's not just these two cases Dante right to George Floyd. There have been several other police misconduct cases, shootings and killings in recent years, and there were certainly paying attention to all of it going on all around the country. So there is a palpable sort of sense of frustration among people who have been out protesting and, and even in the general community at large, I feel because of the way these cases have been handled in the past, you know, some feel this criminal charge itself is not serious enough. Others are calling for deeper, systemic changes in policing to sort of avoid these confrontations in the first place and to eliminate what many say is a built in racial bias in policing here in Minnesota last summer, after George Floyd's death, there was a lot of momentum behind efforts to radically change policing and some modest changes did past, but most others didn't. To Shira Garroway founded an organization called Family supporting Families against police violence here in Minnesota and here's what she had to say. We was in those legislative rooms and they wouldn't pass the bills. We was out here with our boots on the ground are families who have already lost loved ones have been fighting and they did not listen to us. And that is why data is gone today. What are you hearing from Dante rights family? Well, we haven't heard directly from the family since the second degree manslaughter charge was filed, but we do expect to maybe later today, but the family wasn't buying the argument even before this, that the shooting was simply a tragic and unfortunate mistake. The attorneys for the Right family issued a statement that says, quote, this shooting was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force. They say the 26 year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. David, thanks my pleasure. Steve. That's NPR's David Schaper.