A day after officer Kim Potter resigned from the police force in Minnesota, she was arrested and is now facing charges for the death of Daunte Wright.
Potter, for those who may not be aware of the situation, accidentally discharged her firearm instead of her taser during a traffic stop when Wright resisted arrest and tried to get away.
Now, Potter is facing charged of second-degree manslaughter for the death of the young man.
This is definitely a tough situation. On one side of the coin, it is an absolute travesty that this young man is dead. I feel terrible for his family and his child.
On the other side of the coin, I can definitely sympathize with the woman and I do truly feel bad for her, but at the same there, there are consequences for actions.
If anyone is going to carry a firearm, they have to be absolutely certain about what they're doing. If you can't handle it in the heat of the moment, then perhaps this isn't the job for that person.
I really don't want that woman to spend time in prison because I know it was an unfortunate mistake. People have made the claim that the guy had a warrant and robbed a woman and whatever else. My opinion though is objective and while I had that this guy committed all of these crimes, none of them are worthy of death.
The officer shouldn't be given a free pass though either. She did kill someone who was not posing a threat to her life nor the life of any other person in that moment so deadly force wasn't necessary. This is also why she said it was a mistake and that she had her firearm instead of her taser.
In my opinion, I really do believe that there will be a guilty plea because she has admitted that she used her firearm by mistake. That's manslaughter.