“It is the sentence and judgment of this court that you shall be committed to the custody of the commissioner of corrections for a period of 24 months.” That was the decision from Judge Regina Chu today as she announced the sentence for former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter in the April death of Daunte Wright. Chu said today this was the “saddest” case in her more than 20 years on the bench and she called the death of Daunte Wright a tragic mistake. A Hennepin County jury found Potter guilty in December of 1st and 2nd-degree manslaughter in Wright’s death. Prior to being sentenced, Kim Potter apologized to the Wright family and said “I pray for Daunte and all of you many, many times a day, he is not more than one thought away from heart, and I have no right for that, for him to be in my heart.” Daunte’s mother Katie gave an impact statement and said, of Potter “I will not give her the respect of calling her by her name, she referred to Daunte over and over again as the ‘driver,’ as if killing him wasn’t enough to dehumanize him, she never once said his name and for that I will never be able to forgive you.” Judge Chu became emotional after announcing the sentence and said police “risk their lives every single day in public service, Officer Potter made a mistake that ended tragically…she never intended to hurt anyone.” Chu also said she recognizes “there will be those who disagree with the sentence that I granted a significant downward departure does not in any way diminish Daunte Wright’s life.” Daunte Wright was 20 years old.
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