Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stated, “Accountability is not justice. Justice is restoration. Justice would be restoring Daunte to life and making the Wright family whole again. Justice is beyond the reach that we have in this life for Daunte. But accountability is an important step, a critical, necessary step on the road to justice for us all.”
Ellison continued, “She has gone from being an esteemed member of the community and honored member of a noble profession to be convicted of a serious crime. I don’t wish that on anyone. But it was our responsibility as the prosecution, as ministers of justice, to pursue justice wherever it led and the jury found the facts.”
Speaking on holding officers in high regard, Ellison also stated, “We hold you in high regard, and we also hold you to high standards. We don’t want you to be discouraged. Your community respects and appreciates you. We want you to uphold the highest ideals of our society and ideals of safety,”
Kim took the stand in her defense and cried while testifying. She adamantly stated it was a mistake.
“I remember a struggle with Officer [Anthony] Luckey and the driver at the door. The driver was trying to get back into the car … I went around Officer Luckey as they’re trying to get back in the door. They’re still struggling and I can see Officer Johnson and the drivers struggling over the gearshifts because I can see Johnson’s hand and then I can see his face,” Potter stated.
[Sgt. Mychal Johnson] had a look of fear on his face — nothing I’d seen before. We’re trying to keep him from driving away. It just went chaotic. And then I remember yelling, ‘Taser, Taser, Taser,’ and nothing happened and then [Wright] told me I shot him.”
If you recall, Daunte Wright was shot during a traffic stop. Kim Potter insisted she thought her gun was a taser.
Kim Potter would be sentenced on February 18, 2022. She faces 15 years for manslaughter in the first-degree and 10 years for manslaughter in the second-degree.