Frase said the argument that Potter meant to fire her Taser may make it hard for prosecutors to prove in court that the fatal shooting warrants a murder charge.
Many protesters and Mr Wright's family members have rejected this, saying that either they do not believe it or that the incident reflects bias in policing, with Mr Wright ending up dead after being stopped for an expired vehicle registration. "A 26-year veteran of the force knows the difference between a Taser and a firearm". Potter was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is now handling the case, despite the shooting happening in Hennepin County, due to state law involving police-involved shooting cases.
Intent is not 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. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Potter mistook her handgun for her Taser. She resigned from the police after the incident.
The police officers at the scene then tried to arrest him over an outstanding warrant 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 a year ago.
According to court records, 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.
As Mr Wright struggles with police, Potter shouts: "I'll Tase you!" A few seconds later, she fires her handgun - not her Taser - at Wright. "Potter said 'Taser, Taser, Taser, ' and pulled the trigger on her handgun". To remove the Taser - which is yellow and has a black grip - Potter would have to use her left hand, the complaint said.
"While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back", attorneys representing the Wright family said in a statement.
Police officers clear an area of demonstrators during a protest over Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright
"Kim Potter executed Daunte for what amounts to no more than a minor traffic infraction and a misdemeanour warrant", he said.
Potter is at least the third US law enforcement officer to face charges after claiming they mistakenly killed someone with a gun when they meant to use a Taser.
Wright's killing has ignited tensions and still-simmering anger over recent police killings of unarmed Black people in the state.
Mayor Elliott's call to action came ahead of a third night of protests following Wright's fatal shooting.
"(I'm) crushed. It's enough that Floyd is gone, but for one of my youths to be gone as well", Ross said Tuesday during a protest against police brutality in Minneapolis.
Wright's killing set in motion two nights of protests and unrest that saw angry demonstrators clash with the police in the area which is already in turmoil over the trial for the death of George Floyd. Several hundred protesters filled the street in front of the station despite a mix of snow and rain, chanting "Say his name!" He said rocks and other objects were thrown at the police department and there were reports of shots fired near the department. Protesters near the fence formed a wall with umbrellas.
Demonstrators began gathering Tuesday at the city's heavily guarded police headquarters, ringed by concrete barriers and a tall metal fence. Former Minneapolis officer Chauvin is charged with murdering George Floyd on May 25, 2020. In 2000, more than 70% of the city was white.