Wright’s mother, Katie Bryant, said in a victim impact statement Friday that she will never forgive Potter.
“Daunte Wright is my son, my baby boy, and I say ‘is’ and not ‘was’ because he will always be my son, and I’m proud to say that,” she said.
“I have spent many, many sleepless nights and days contemplating how and what I was going to say today,” she said. “I have to be the voice for myself, my family, my community, most of all for my son, Daunte.”
Bryant criticized Potter for smiling in her prison mugshot. Potter’s defense attorney, Paul Engh, later said in court that Potter was told to smile by prison staff.
Just before 2 p.m. April 11, Brooklyn Center police officer Anthony Luckey and his field training officer, Potter, pulled over a white Buick at 63rd Avenue North and Orchard Avenue North in Brooklyn Center, according to the criminal complaint.
Luckey checked Wright’s identification and found that he had a warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge. Luckey and Potter approached the driver’s side of the car and asked Wright to get out and place his hands behind his back.
Wright did so, and Luckey told him he was being arrested for his outstanding warrant, according to authorities.
While outside the car, Wright pulled away from the officers and got back into the driver’s seat of his car. Luckey struggled with Wright and tried to maintain physical control of him, investigators said.
At 2:01:49 p.m., Wright pulled away from the officers and got back into the driver’s seat of his car, with Luckey trying to maintain physical control of Wright, according to the authorities.
At 2:01:55 p.m., Potter said she would tase Wright, before pulling out her Glock 9 mm handgun with her right hand, authorities said. She pointed it at Wright and again said she would tase him, according to investigators.