STATEMENT BY REVEREND AL. SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK ON THE JURY DECISION TO INDICT FORMER OFFICER KIM POTTER FOR THE MURDER OF DAUNTE WRIGHT—
STATEMENT BY REVEREND AL. SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK ON THE JURY DECISION TO INDICT FORMER OFFICER KIM POTTER FOR THE MURDER OF DAUNTE WRIGHT
New York, NY (December 23, 2021) – Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) released a statement today in response to the indictment against Kim Potter for the murder of 20-year-old Daunte Wright:
“I am guardedly happy about the jury’s verdict in Brooklyn Center convicting former Officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright. I’m glad she was held accountable for her actions but guarded because this unarmed young man is dead. I did the eulogy at his funeral and have remained in touch with his parents. We constantly prayed together throughout the trial. Even though the court didn’t further the wound the family is experiencing; it is still a sad Christmas for them because Daunte is not here.”
“Kim Potter swore an oath to protect and serve her community and failed that obligation when she took the life of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Today’s verdict makes a statement to our criminal justice system that we will call out the bad apples and clarifies that there are consequences to everyone’s actions even if you wear that uniform. Daunte Wright was a father, a son, and a brother whose life was taken way too soon. Black and brown men deserve to grow old; they deserve to live their lives. We can no longer sit idly by and allow nonconsequential actions to suffice. The time is always right to do what is right, and today the jury did what is right.”
20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed on April 11, 2021 after Kim Potter, a Brooklyn Center police officer shot him with a handgun at a traffic stop.
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