Family of Daunte Wright, killed by police in 2021, agrees $3.25m settlement deal with Minnesota city


Family of Daunte Wright who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop last year agrees $3.25million settlement deal with Minnesota city

  • The family of Daunte Wright, killed by a white cop during a traffic stop last year, will receive a settlement of $3.25million from the city of Brooklyn Center
  • Officer Kim Potter was charged with first and second-degree manslaughter 
  • The city also agreed to make changes to its policing policies, including on issues like officer intervention, implicit bias weapons confusion, mental health crises

The family of Daunte Wright, killed by a white cop during a traffic stop last year, will receive a settlement of $3.25million from the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

The family of Daunte Wright, killed by a white cop during a traffic stop last year, will receive a settlement of $3.25million from the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

The city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has agreed a settlement of $3.25million with the family of Daunte Wright, a black man who was killed by a white cop during a traffic stop last year, the family’s attorneys said.

The sum is part of a settlement deal struck with the family after police officer Kim Potter, 26, shot and killed Wright when she allegedly mistook her firearm for her taser as she tried to arrest him.

The city also agreed to make changes to its policing policies, including on issues like officer intervention, implicit bias, weapons confusion, mental health crises and other issues, along with a permanent memorial to Wright.

‘The comprehensive settlement in this tragic case will provide a meaningful measure of accountability to the family for their deep loss of a son, sibling and father, and they hope and believe the measures of change to policing, policies and training will create important improvements to the community in Daunte’s name,’ family lawyer Antonio Romanucci said in the statement.

Kim Potter, 26, was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Her sentence was below the sentencing guidelines of around seven years, and the fifteen year maximum the state of Minnesota allows for first-degree manslaughter

Kim Potter, 26, was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Her sentence was below the sentencing guidelines of around seven years, and the fifteen year maximum the state of Minnesota allows for first-degree manslaughter

Judge Regina Chu (pictured) explained her decision to downgrade Potter's prison sentence, saying there was no question that Potter 'did not intend to hurt anyone' when she shot Wright

Judge Regina Chu (pictured) explained her decision to downgrade Potter’s prison sentence, saying there was no question that Potter ‘did not intend to hurt anyone’ when she shot Wright

Daunte Wright's mother Katie said outside court on Friday after the sentence was handed down: 'We're very disappointed in the outcome. This isn't OK. This is the problem with our justice system. White woman tears trump justice. I thought my white woman tears would be good enough'

Daunte Wright’s mother Katie said outside court on Friday after the sentence was handed down: ‘We’re very disappointed in the outcome. This isn’t OK. This is the problem with our justice system. White woman tears trump justice. I thought my white woman tears would be good enough’

‘Nothing can bring him back, but the family hopes his legacy is a positive one and prevents any other family from enduring the type of grief they will live with for the rest of their lives.’

Police pulled over Wright on April 11, 2021 for an expired tag and illegal air freshener. 

Brooklyn Center police then learned Wright had an outstanding warrant from 2018, issued after he choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 stuffed in her bra, court papers reveled.

Wright was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery – with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison 

But when Potter and a trainee officer attempted to arrest him, Wright tried to drive off. 

Potter, mother of two, shot and killed Wright, saying she had mistaken her gun for a Taser.

Potter, a 26-year veteran in the force - pictured here in 2007 - claimed she accidentally shot Daunte Wright when she reached for her gun instead of her taser during a traffic stop over his expired plates

Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over for having an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror and expired license plate tags

Kim Potter (left), a 26-year veteran of the force, claimed she accidentally shot Daunte Wright (right) when she reached for her gun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop over his expired plates in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 11

She was led away in handcuffs after being jailed for two years for killing Daunte Wright – of which she’ll serve 14 months – after being found guilty on all counts at Hennepin County Court in February.

She was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter. Her sentence was below the sentencing guidelines of around seven years, and the fifteen year maximum the state of Minnesota allows for first-degree manslaughter.

Potter, who sobbed heavily during the sentencing, has now been transferred to Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee, a five-level security prison located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis.

The convicted ex-cop will remain in the facility until at least her sentencing. While likely, it is unclear if she will be serving her entire sentence at Shakopee.

Potter will serve her sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee, a facility that cares for about 650 female prisoners and offers a variety of in-prison programs designed to help with rehabilitation. Pictured: Shakopee inmates in a classroom

Potter will serve her sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee, a facility that cares for about 650 female prisoners and offers a variety of in-prison programs designed to help with rehabilitation. Pictured: Shakopee inmates in a classroom

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