Daunte Wright's family attorney Ben Crump said they do not believe Daunte got the consideration he deserved after former police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison for his 2021 death.
“We continue to fight for equal justice under the law, it can’t just be a concept, it has to be real,” Crump told reporters. “They believe today was their son did not get the consideration that he deserved in this matter.”
Potter, a former Minnesota police officer, was convicted in December of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter for killing Wright during an April 11, 2021 traffic stop in which she mistakenly drew a gun instead of her Taser.
The Wright family, he said, was disappointed with the sentence.
“They feel very disappointed because they believe that there was no reason to have such consideration for the killer of their child,” Crump said. He compared Potter’s case to the case of a Minnesota police officer Mohamed Noor, who was sentenced to four years and nine months for fatally shooting a woman when responding to a 911 call in 2017.
“Many in the Twin Cities believed that Mohamed Noor, a Black police officer, who was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter to receive a much greater sentence than this White woman who killed their son Daunte Wright,” Crump explained.
“What we see today that is the legal system in America in Black and White,” Crump added.
Potter will be required to serve two-thirds of her sentence in prison, or 16 months, according to state law. With good behavior, she will be eligible for supervised release for the remaining third.
CNN's Dakin Andone and Brad Parks contributed reporting to this post.