As ex-Brooklyn Center, MN, police officer Kim Potter is awaiting a manslaughter trial in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, victims of Wright's alleged gun violence are suing his estate.
Wright is accused of shooting a teen and a former classmate on separate occasions in a pair of civil lawsuits against his estate, Fox News reports.
In May 2019, 16-year-old Caleb Livingston was at a gas station in Minneapolis when Wright allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, according to one of the lawsuits.
Livingston is now in a "vegetative state" known as unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, according to attorney Mike Padden, who is representing both plaintiffs against Wright’s estate.
Seven months later, Wright was charged with aggravated robbery after a young woman accused him of holding her at gunpoint, choking her and demanding she hand him hundreds of dollars.
Wright later violated the terms of his probation in the robbery case and was accused of waving a black handgun near a Minneapolis intersection before ditching it and fleeing on foot, eluding responding officers. When police pulled him over in April, they found he had a warrant connected with that incident and attempted to arrest him.
Three weeks before his death, Wright and an accomplice allegedly shot former classmate Joshua Hodges in the leg and stole his car, according to the second civil lawsuit.
"[Wright] was accidentally killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11, 2021, approximately three weeks after his crimes against [Hodges]," the civil complaint reads. "After that accidental death, a false narrative began establishing [Wright] as a young person that young people looked up to, when in fact a warrant was in place for his violations of law on bond for a past crime. [He] had previously chosen a life of crime."
The legal team for Wright’s family, led by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, described the posthumous civil complaints as "character assassination."