A prison admission photo of Kim Potter which showed her smiling broadly after being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright erupted during her sentencing
MINNEAPOLIS — A prison admission photo of Kim Potter that showed her smiling broadly after being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright broke during her sentencing on Friday, with Wright’s mother saying it showed Potter wasn’t really sorry for his death.
Potter’s attorney said no disrespect was intended and that Potter was simply doing as instructed by prison staff.
Katie Wright brought up the photo ID as she addressed the court. Potter, then a Brooklyn Center police officer, said she mistook her handgun for her Taser when she fatally shot Wright last April. A jury convicted her in December.
Katie Wright said Potter never looked at her and the other members of the Wright family as they passed in the hallway during the trial, and when she testified she only expressed her grief. after a break where she “had time to be coached on how to earn some kind of sympathy”. of the jury. »
“How do you show remorse when you smile in your photo after being convicted of manslaughter? After taking my son’s life? How do you say you’re sorry without tears? said Katie Wright.
Damik Bryant, Daunte Wright’s brother, also called the photo ID “painful” and urged the judge to impose a “severe sentence”.
Defense attorney Paul Engh began his remarks by responding to the Wright family’s anger.
“There is no disrespect to the booking photo,” he said. “Mrs. Potter indicates that they asked her to smile, she smiled. It was not meant to be disrespectful, it was in response to the prison’s request.
When Potter later had the opportunity to address the court, she addressed the Wright family directly, saying she was “so sorry that I caused your son’s death.” She also told Katie Wright that she felt she didn’t believe she “had the right to” watch her during the trial.
“I understand a mother’s love, and I’m sorry for breaking your heart,” Potter said.
Potter is white. Wright, who was black, was killed after Brooklyn Center officers arrested him for having expired license tags and an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror.
Judge Regina Chu then sentenced Potter to two years, well below prosecutors’ request, saying mitigating factors warranted it.
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