Kim Potter (pictured) was charged with second degree manslaughter in Daunte Wrights death
The former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot dead 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright last month will stand trial for her actions, DailyMail.com can reveal.
In a brief hearing Monday afternoon Hennepin County District Court Judge Regina M. Chu found that there was probable cause for the second-degree manslaughter charge brought by prosecutors following the April 11 shooting.
The judge opened proceedings by offering her condolences to Wright's friends and family before scheduling the trial to begin December 6.
Potter will remain free on $100,000 bond until then.
Protests erupted when Potter, a police officer of 26 years standing, shot Wright dead at a traffic stop after apparently mistaking her handgun for her Taser.
Both Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned two days after the incident that came at a time of heightened tensions and security amid the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
Brooklyn Center, a mostly non-white suburb of Minneapolis, is just ten miles from where Chauvin, 45, was standing trial for murdering George Floyd, 46.
On Monday, Potter, 48, appeared tired and somber as she sat behind her defense attorney Earl Gray in his offices in St Paul.
She wore a black top and no make-up and remained silent save for acknowledging her consent to the Zoom hearing. Special Assistant Hennepin County Prosecutor Imran Ali was present for the state.
Wright was shot on Sunday, April 11, after he and his girlfriend were pulled over for having an expired license plate.
Daunte Wright (pictured) was shot and killed during a traffic stop on April 11
A background check revealed that Wright had an outstanding warrant against him, and officers moved to make an arrest.
Bodycam video was swiftly released by the police department as the shooting was characterized by former Police Chief Gannon as an 'accidental discharge.'
In the footage Wright can be seen trying to get back into the car after botched efforts to cuff him and in an apparent attempt to flee.
Former officer Potter can be heard shouting 'Taser! Taser! Taser!' before shooting him at point blank range.
As Wright's car careered away Potter can be heard saying, 'Holy sh*t. I shot him.' She then dropped her gun.
Court records showed that Wright was being sought after failing 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.
In that case a statement of probable cause said that police got a call about a man waving a gun who was later identified as Wright.
But despite this, there was no gun retrieved from Wright's vehicle when he finally crashed several blocks from the scene of his shooting.
Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said that her son had called her moments before his death to tell her that police had stopped him for having an air-freshener dangling from his rear-view mirror – an offense in Minnesota.
She went to get insurance information for her son and told him to put the officer on the phone when they came back to the window.
Bodycam footage shows former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kim Potter shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright (pictured) following a traffic stop
She said, 'Then I heard the police officer come to the window and say, 'Put the phone down and get out of the car.' And Wright said, 'Why?' He said, 'We'll explain to you when you get out of the car.'
She heard scuffling and police telling Wright 'Don't run,' before the phone was hung up.
A minute later his mother called back, and his girlfriend answered and told her that he had been shot. She recalled, 'She put [the phone] on the driver's side and he was laying there lifeless.'
Speaking at a press conference the following day, then Chief Gannon said, 'As I watch the video and listen to the officer's command, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser, but instead shot Mr Wright with a single bullet.'
He explained 'For informational purposes we train with our handguns on our dominant side, and our taser on our weak side. If you are right-handed, you carry your firearm on your right side and you carry your taser on the left. This is done purposefully, and it's trained.'
But the father-of-one's family and hundreds of protesters were not satisfied with this assessment and took to the streets to demand justice and accountability.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney who helped the Floyd family win a $27million civil settlement, has also taken up the Wright family's cause.
Kim Potter,(pictured) a 26 -year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota, faces 10 years in prison for the shooting death of Daunte Wright
Speaking at the time he said, 'Daunte Wright is yet another young black man killed at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve all of us – not just the whitest among us.
'As Minneapolis and the rest of the country continue to deal with the tragic killing of George Floyd, now we must also mourn the loss of this young man and father.'
Judge Chu opened the brief hearing by stating that she did find probable cause for the charge. Last week Chu denied recordings of the court proceedings because Potter did not consent.
The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left, both with their grips facing rearward.
To remove the Taser - which is yellow and has a black grip - Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said.
Intent isn't a necessary component of second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge - which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison - can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by 'culpable negligence' that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death.
The judge set a trial date for December 6.