Kim Potter, the police woman who fatally shot Dante Wright said “sorry” repeatedly as she addressed Wright’s family in the court room before sentencing on Friday. The former Minneapolis police officer said she confused or mistook her handgun for her taser.
Potter was convicted in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 killing of Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, she was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison. Only on the more serious charge in accordance with state law. Wright’s family denounced the sentence as too lenient and accused the judge of giving more consideration to the white officer than the Black victim.
Speaking before the sentence was imposed, Potter was shaking and tearful. A much different image from that shown in her smiling mugshot.
Potter offered an apology to Wright’s family, then spoke directly to his mother: “Katie, I understand a mother’s love. I’m sorry I broke your heart … my heart is broken and devastated for all of you.”
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