Hamline University analyst David Schultz predicts the Kim Potter sentence could drive an even wider wedge between the political parties in this election year:

“It’s gonna cut right down that partisan divide, in a way that police reform versus law-and-order issues in the last year, year-and-a-half have divided this state.”

Schultz suspects the Potter sentence will strengthen Democrats’ push for more police accountability, while at the same time spark Republican moves for more legal protections for officers doing their duty.