Former officer Kim Potter, who shot Daunte Wright, could possibly not be charged with a crime because of a Minnesota law stating you can’t hang an air freshener from a vehicle’s rear-view mirror.
On Monday, Civil Rights attorney David Henderson said he doesn’t believe the officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright will see any charges. “I think the officer should have been fired immediately because there are points of no return with regard to making mistakes on your job, but with that being said, I don’t think you can charge this officer with a crime under Minnesota law,” said Henderson.
Wright was killed during a traffic stop after he was pulled over in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center for allegedly having an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror, which, according to CNBC, is illegal in Minnesota.
At a news conference, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he thought the officer who shot Wright made a mistake after seeing body cam footage. At first, he said he thought the officer used her taser, not her gun.
Henderson said more steps need to be taken so this type of incident doesn’t happen again. “I think that if officers can’t tell the difference between firearms and tasers, we need to re-evaluate whether or not they need to be carrying tasers,” said Henderson. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating, the news outlet reports.