Ex-cop Kim Potter, convicted in Daunte Wright’s death, released

Posted at 7:00 AM, April 24, 2023 and last updated 11:10 AM, May 4, 2023


MINNEAPOLIS (Court TV) — Kim Potter, the ex-cop convicted of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, has been released from prison, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Jail records show Potter was released Monday, April 24, and placed “under supervision” by the Hennepin Department of Community Corrections.

Kim Potter booking photo

This undated booking photo provided by the Minnesota Dept. of Corrections shows ex-cop Kim Potter, who was convicted in the manslaughter death of Daunte Wright. (Minn. Dept. of Corrections)

Potter was sentenced to two years in prison on Feb. 18, 2022, specifically 16 months in custody and 8 months of supervised release. She was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter on Dec. 23, 2021.

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Potter fatally shot 20-year-old Wright on April 11, 2021, during a traffic stop. Her attorneys argued she mistook her handgun for her Taser. At sentencing, Judge Regina Chu said the case was “one of the saddest cases I’ve had on my 20 years on the bench.” Chu continued, “On the one hand, a young man was killed and on the other, a respected 26-year veteran police officer made a tragic error by pulling her handgun instead of her Taser.”

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Prosecutors requested a sentence of just over seven years. Potter’s defense asked for probation.

The shooting occurred in Brooklyn Center, just miles from where ex-cop Derek Chauvin was standing trial for the death of George Floyd. Potter’s trial took place in the same Hennepin County courtroom where Chauvin was convicted.