THE look of a former police officer convicted of murdering a black man has changed drastically in the 16 months she’s been behind bars.
Kim Potter, 50, looked gaunt and unhappy in her latest mug shot.
She was convicted of manslaughter in 2021 after fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright at a Minnesota traffic stop earlier that year.
Before that, she had worked as a clerk at Brooklyn Center, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis, for nearly three decades.
Potter was sentenced to two years in prison but is due to be released eight months early on Monday.
Paul Blume of FOX9 tweeted the last mug shot of the former police officer on Thursday.
“I did a double take when I saw Kim Potter’s new photo (Department of Corrections),” the reporter said.
Potter appears to have lost a significant amount of weight.
She looked quite happy in Blume’s earlier mugshot, but not at all in the more recent photo.
Potter also let her hair grow out a few inches.
“The food must not have been that good,” said one commenter on the post.
“Prison is hell, you shouldn’t look good after the visit.”
There was also a lot of sympathy for the former officer.
“I wish Kim Potter had had another chance because she made a horrible mistake,” said another Twitter user.
Blume added that the former police officer is spending her final days in custody at a jail in Shakopee, a suburb about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
“The remainder of her 2-year sentence for manslaughter is to be served upon supervised release,” the reporter said.
Potter had stopped Wright for a traffic violation and was trying to take him into custody on a warrant when she shot him.
She yelled “Taser” multiple times during the incident, but actually fired her gun.
Wright drove off briefly and crashed his car. First responders were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The killing came amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, just a few miles away.