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Officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested, to be charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter

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The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man who was pulled over for driving an SUV with expired license plates, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, a prosecutor said, according to multiple outlets. In the nights following the Sunday killing of Wright, cities in Minnesota have been rocked by massive protests, violence, and clashes between demonstrators and police.

Furthermore, on Wednesday morning, Officer Kim Potter—a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department—was arrested at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul, according to the Associated Press.

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The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter will be filed Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said, per the AP. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $20,000.

The charge and arrest of Potter come the day after she resigned from the department, along with Police Chief Tim Gannon.

“I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter said in a statement. She claims that shooting Wright with her handgun was an accident, saying that she meant to grab her taser.

After releasing bodycam footage of the shooting on Monday, the chief said it was his belief that Potter mistakenly shot Wright after pulling out her gun instead of a Taser.

The footage showed her nearing Wright as he stood outside of his vehicle while another officer was arresting him. As Wright struggles with police, Potter yells, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from her handgun.

Demonstrators and Wright’s family, enraged by this, have argued that an experienced officer should easily know the difference between a Taser and a handgun, saying there’s no such excuse for the shooting.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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