Along with protests in support of racial justice popping up across the nation, Wright's death led some people to question why the white police officer, who has since resigned from her job, was not charged with murder.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is now handling the case, despite the shooting happening in Hennepin County, due to state law involving police-involved shooting cases.
Potter's first court appearance was expected to be via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. She has since been released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Protesters who have been on the streets again say she should face murder charges, while Mr Wright's family lawyer called it an "intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force".
"While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back", attorneys representing the Wright family said in a statement.
Naisha Wright was wearing a T-shirt with Mr Floyd's picture on it above the word "Justice", when she revealed the connection.More news: U.S. prepares sanctions against Russian Federation over cyber attacks, election interference
Potter then said, "S--, I just shot him!" according to prosecutors.
Crump and other advocates for Wright point to the 2017 case of Mohamed Noor. The Black former Minneapolis police officer fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a white woman, in the alley behind her home after she called 911 to report what she thought was a woman being assaulted.
Transit officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison after responding to a fight at a train station in Oakland, California, killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant in 2009. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a US$20,000 fine.
Second-degree manslaughter - Potter's official charge - is defined as when a person "causes the death of another by the person's culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another". A key difference is that third-degree murder requires someone to act with a "depraved mind", a term that has been the subject of legal disputes, but includes an act eminently risky to others, performed without regard for human life.
Noor gave evidence that he fired to protect his partner's life after hearing a loud bang on the squad vehicle and seeing a woman at his partner's window raising her arm.
It is the most serious of the murder degrees. "It is", Moran said.
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The prosecutor who brought the case, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, did not return messages seeking comment.
Second-degree manslaughter is among the charges faced by fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in his trial in George Floyd's death, which is nearing its closing arguments.
There have been plenty of reactions to the news that Potter will be prosecuted for killing Daunte Wright.
Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
Potter, a 26-year department veteran, was taken into custody by agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the agency's office in nearby St. Paul, authorities said.
Others shouted obscenities at police and shook the security fence, just hours after Chicago's police review board released graphic body camera video related to the fatal officer-involved shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. As Wright's auto rolls away, a voice can be heard saying, "Holy s%*t-I just shot him!" Principal Yusuf Abdullah said he left after one semester and then went to Stadium View School.More news: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministers to hold talks as U.S. announces Afghan withdrawal
"But no, my nephew was killed with this - a Glock", she said. A few seconds later, she fires her handgun - not her Taser - at Wright.