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Police video of the shooting shows Potter threatening to stun Wright with her Taser before firing her handgun.

This booking photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., sheriff shows Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright.

Many protesters and Wright's family members have rejected that, saying either that they don't believe it or that the incident reflects bias in policing, with Wright stopped for an expired vehicle registration and ending up dead.

But Crump said the move to charge Potter also represented some progress following the lack of prosecutions of officers involved in the deaths of Black men such as Eric Garner and Michael Brown in recent years.

Kim Potter, wearing a plaid shirt, confirmed her presence during a brief online hearing and waved to the judge from a table in her lawyer's office.

Potter, 48, was arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter.

Hennepin County Judge Paul Scoggin set the next court date for May 17 and ordered Potter, who is out on a $100,000 U.S. bond, not to use firearms or explosives for the duration of her case.

There have been plenty of reactions to the news that Potter will be prosecuted for killing Daunte Wright.

Under Minnesota law, someone is guilty of second-degree manslaughter if that person causes the death of another through "culpable negligence" and "creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another". Potter's charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

During a news briefing Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Mike Elliott said he would ask Democratic Gov. Tim Walz to have state Attorney General Keith Ellison's office take over the investigation "to ensure transparency and to continue building trust in our community".

Police say Mr Wright was pulled over for expired tags on Sunday, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.

On Sunday afternoon, Potter and an officer she was training pulled Wright over for an expired registration tag on his auto.

Potter is heard yelling "Taser!" three times before she fires and then says, "Holy shit, I shot him". I'll Tase you! Taser!

The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left. To remove the Taser - which is yellow and has a black grip - Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said.

The Wright family's attorneys - Benjamin Crump, Jeff Storms, and Anthony Romanucci - said in a statement, "While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back".

"Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanour warrant", he said.

In most cases, officers who say they mistook their gun for their Taser have not faced criminal charges.

Transit officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison after responding to a fight at a train station in Oakland, California, killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant in 2009. Elliott, the mayor, urged people to protest without violence, saying "your voices have been heard".

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Wednesday to protest for a fourth consecutive night.

"Upwards of 60 arrests" were made amid protests Tuesday night. Protesters near the fence formed a wall with umbrellas.

After Wright was killed, his family learned of a connection between him and George Floyd, the Black man whose death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer almost a year ago sparked nationwide protests.

Protests continued on Monday night, spreading from Brooklyn Center to Minneapolis to Portland to NY.

Demonstrators began gathering Tuesday at the city's heavily guarded police headquarters, ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence.

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