MINEAPOLIS – Photo of Kim Potter from prison showing her smiling broadly after she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Downt Wright erupted at her sentencing on Fridayand Wright’s mother said it indicated that Potter was not very sorry for his death.
Potter’s lawyer said no disrespect was planned, and Potter simply followed the instructions of prison officials.
Speaking in court, Katie Wright picked up a shot from the mug. Potter, then a Brooklyn Center police officer, she said confused her pistol with a taser when she fatally shot Wright last April. Jury convicted her in December.
Katie Wright said Potter never looked at her and other Wright family members when they were walking down the hallway during the trial, and when she testifiedexpressed grief only after a break where she “managed to learn how to win some sympathy from the jury.”
“How do you show remorse when you smile in your mug after being sentenced to manslaughter? After killing my son? How can you say without tears that you are sorry? ” Said Katie Wright.
Defense attorney Paul Eng began his remarks in response to Wright’s anger.
“There’s no disrespect to the booking photo,” he said. “Ma’am.” Potter shows that they asked her to smile, she smiled. It was not disrespectful, it was in response to a request from the prison. “
The potter is white. Wright, who was Black, was killed after Brooklyn Center staff stopped him for having his license expired and an air freshener hung on his rearview mirror.
Judge Regina Chu later sentenced Potter to two years, well below the prosecutor’s request, saying it was justified by mitigating factors.
Find full coverage of Downt Wright’s case in the AP: /hub/death-of-daunte-wright
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