$3.2M settlement reached in police killing of Daunte Wright

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Daunte Wright’s mother and community members at the Minneapolis apartment building where activists say Judge Chu lives after former officer Potter was sentenced to two years in prison (Nicole Feri/AP)

A suburban Minneapolis city has agreed to pay $3.2 million to the family of Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer who said she confused her gun for her Taser.

The tentative settlement also includes changes in police policies and training involving traffic stops like the one that resulted in Wright’s death, according to a statement Tuesday night from attorneys representing Wright’s family.

Wright was shot once in the chest by Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who is white, after the 20-year-old was stopped for expired registration tags in April 2021. The former officer was subsequently convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Learn more about this case and sentencing.

Convictions like these show a real change in the perception of anti-Black violence.

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