Walz told reporters that protesters might have burned down the police station and other buildings if police hadn't intervened - a lesson he says he learned after a Minneapolis police station burned during protests a year ago over Floyd's death.
Potter's attorney has not spoken publicly or returned messages from The Associated Press about the shooting of Wright and the criminal case.
"Unfortunately, there's never going to be justice for us", Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said Thursday ahead of Potter's court appearance. "So when people say 'justice, ' I just shake my head". "I do want accountability". The Black former Minneapolis police officer fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a white woman who was a dual citizen of the USA and Australia, in the alley behind her home after she called 911 to report what she thought was a woman being assaulted.
Noor was convicted of third-degree murder in addition to second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Intent isn't a necessarily component of either charge. 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.
"We can't get him back, so why should she get back her life?" Prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands.
Critics of the police believe the race of those involved played a role in which charges were brought in the Wright case.
Potter could have easily been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a 25-year maximum sentence, said Rachel Moran, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
"This is kind of the compromise charge, which isn't to say it's not serious".
"Certain occupations carry an huge responsibility and none more so than a sworn police officer", Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief, said in a statement announcing the charge against Potter.
The criminal complaint noted that Potter holstered her handgun on the right side and her Taser on the left.
Law enforcement, visible in fewer numbers than previous nights, held their ground and largely refrained from engaging with the crowd, as darkness fell and a 10 p.m. curfew neared.
Attorney Earl Gray, who represents one of the former officers charged in George Floyd's death, will also represent Potter.
Police say Wright was pulled over for expired tags on Sunday, but they sought to arrest him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June.
Officers had stopped Wright's vehicle Sunday, and body camera footage showed Potter drawing her weapon as she shouted "Taser" and firing at Wright. She then says, "Holy (expletive), I shot him". Potter thought she had grabbed her Taser, but instead pulled her pistol which she used to fatally shoot Wright, officials said.