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.
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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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp
Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.
According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”
Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.
“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.
Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.
Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.
His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.
Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.
The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.
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