Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison Will allegedly take over the prosecution Kim potter, A former Brooklyn center police officer who was shot dead Dante Wright During a traffic stop last month.
According to CBS Minnesota, The case was previously being handled by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, which asked Ellison to take it over.
Potter Is charged With second-degree murder and has since left his job as a Minneapolis police officer.
Allison said, “I did not demand this prosecution and did not accept it lightly.” CBS Minnesota. “I believe in how County Attorney Orput and County Attorney Freeman have handled the case to date, and will continue. I thank County Attorney Orput for the solid work done by him and his office, And I thank County Attorney Freeman once again for his trust in my office. “
On May 17, a judge ruled that a trial could proceed on the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Wright, who was seriously injured when he was pulled over for an expired tag. Hennepin County Judge Regina M. Chu During a virtual hearing that probable cause was found to support the charges against Potter, The Associated Press Report. A possible trial date was later set for 6 December.
In footage of Potter’s body camera video, officers began handcuffing Wright, arresting him for an alleged outstanding warrant. But after a short scuffle, Wright attempted to sit in his vehicle, and Potter shouted “Tusser, Tusser”, then pulled out his service weapon and fired. Wright drove several blocks before crashing. The authorities tried to save his life, but he died on the spot.
At a press conference the day before he resigned, the then Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim gannon Said that Potter mistook his tusser for his shotgun and described it as an “accidental discharge”. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner described Wright’s death as a homicide.