A suburban Minneapolis city has agreed to compensate the family of Daunte Wright, a Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer who claimed she mistook her pistol for her Taser, $3.2 million.
According to a statement from lawyers representing Wright’s family, the settlement also involves revisions to police procedures and training about traffic stops similar to the one that led to Wright’s death.
Officer Kim Potter, who is white, shot Wright once in the chest in April 2021, after the 20-year-old was stopped for expired registration plates. The former cop was eventually found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter and given a two-year jail term.
Potter is seen on camera shouting “Taser” many times before firing her pistol.
Co-counsel Antonio M. Romanucci said that Wright’s family members “hope and believe that the measures of change to enforcement, policy, and training would produce significant changes to the community in Daunte’s name.” “Nothing will bring him back, but his family hopes that his legacy will save other families from experiencing the sort of anguish they will endure for the rest of their lives.”
The Brooklyn Center City Council passed a number of measures in response to the outcry over Wright’s murder, including the employment of social workers and other qualified experts to respond to medical, mental health, and social-needs calls that do not need police.
In addition, the amendments restrict police from making arrests for minor infractions and mandate that unarmed individuals handle minor traffic offences.
The payment is one of the biggest in Minnesota regarding police misconduct. The city of Minneapolis agreed to pay the family of George Floyd $27 million last year.