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National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Issues Statement on Decision to Charge Former Officer Kim Potter in Killing of Daunte Wright

Posted on: April 14th, 2021 by Romanucci & Blandin

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Jeff Storms and Antonio Romanucci have released the following statement following the district attorney’s decision to charge former officer Kim Potter with second degree manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright. A news conference with the family will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 12 p.m CT in Minneapolis. More details to follow.

Daunte Wright, an unarmed 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter on April 11 when he was stopped for a minor traffic violation.  His death happened in the midst of one of the most important criminal trials in modern U.S. history, the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back. This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force.  Driving while Black continues to result in a death sentence.  A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a taser and a firearm. Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanor warrant. Daunte’s life, like George Floyd’s life, like Eric Garner’s, like Breonna Taylor’s, like David Smith’s meant something. But Kim Potter saw him as expendable. It’s past time for meaningful change in our country. We will keep fighting for justice for Daunte, for his family, and for all marginalized people of color. And we will not stop until there is meaningful policing and justice reform and until we reach our goal of true equality.”

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ABOUT BEN CRUMP LAW

Through his work, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more information, visit www.bencrump.com.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC 

Romanucci & Blandin is a Chicago-based national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. Founded in 1998, the firm is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: workers’ compensation, pharmaceuticals, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability. For more information, please visit www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.

About Newmark Storms Dworak LLC 

Newmark Storms Dworak LLC is one of Minnesota’s premier boutique law firms. The Minneapolis firm regularly handles high-profile civil rights, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse claims. For more information, visit www.newmarkstorms.com.

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