She’s facing manslaughter charges after killing Mr Wright, an unarmed, 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop over the weekend, where authorities say she mistakenly fired her gun thinking it was her Taser.
Ms Potter only appeared briefly at the hearing, which was conducted via Zoom, to acknowledge she was present. On Wednesday, she was charged with second-degree manslaughter, and was freed on a $100,000 (£72,579) bail later that evening.
Her next court date is set for 17 May.
It has been just under a year since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, setting off a massive wave of protests, and the city is back in crisis.
Protests have continued since Sunday, when Mr Wright was killed, and in response authorities have mobilised scores of riot police, sheriff’s deputies, and National Guard troops to Brooklyn Center.
They’ve been accused of excessive force on protestors, targeting journalists for arrest, and terrorising residents who live near the Brooklyn Center police station with tear gas and unprovoked arrest.
State and local authorities have also put curfews into place each night since Sunday.
The latest high-profile killing of a Black man by a white police officer comes as Minnesota was just wrapping up its case against Derek Chauvin. He’s the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, during an arrest for a counterfeit $20 bill last May.
Witness testimony in the high-profile trial concluded on Thursday, and closing arguments are expected on Monday. From there, it will be up to jurors to decide whether to convict Mr Chauvin on multiple charges of murder and one charge of manslaughter.
That process could take anywhere from minutes to weeks, depending on where the jury stands. It will take all 12 jurors being in agreement to reach a guilty verdict.
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