Crime Watch Live: Former Cop Kim Potter Manslaughter Trial in Daunte Wright Death

16:47  08 december  2021
16:47  08 december  2021 Source:   lawandcrime.com

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Former police officer Kimberly Ann Potter, 49, stands trial for killing Daunte Wright, 20, in a disastrous traffic stop. Potter’s attorney has also said that she will testify. You can watch jury selection in the player above. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8.

There is no dispute that Potter fired her gun. The question is whether Potter’s actions constitute first and second-degree manslaughter under Minnesota law.

As seen on body cam video from April 11, 2021, officers with the Brooklyn Center Public Department pulled over Wright for a traffic stop. Officer Anthony Luckey began to handcuff him against the driver’s side of the car. He suggested Wright was about to resist.

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“I’m not doing nothing,” Wright said. He eventually yanked away, getting back into the driver’s seat. A struggle ensued.

“I’ll tase ya!” Potter said, pulling out what turned out to be her gun. She repeated her warning, then finally yelled, “Taser, taser, taser!”

She opened fire, striking Wright, who then drove away.

“Holy shit!” Potter said. “I just shot him.”

Wright later crashed into another vehicle, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Potter resigned.

Warning: viewers may find the video disturbing.

Potter had her Taser on her left side of the duty belt and her gun on the right side, authorities said.

“The complaint alleges that former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter committed first-degree manslaughter by recklessly handling a firearm when she fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on April 11, 2021,” The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office said when adding the count of first-degree manslaughter. “The complaint continues to allege — as the original complaint did — that Kimberly Potter committed second-degree manslaughter by culpable negligence by using a firearm.”

Being a police officer for 26 years, Potter was trained in the use of guns and Tasers, they said.

“Defendant completed annual recertification training courses on each of these weapons,” they wrote in charging documents. “These courses included training on how to draw, aim, and use each weapon correctly. The training material for these courses also included notices alerting Defendant to the possibility and risks of drawing a handgun instead of a Taser. In the six months before this incident, Defendant completed two Taser-specific training courses. For example, on March 2, 2021, Defendant attended a four-hour training course pertaining to the Taser. This course involved a classroom component, which provided detailed and substantive information concerning the function, proper use, and safety concerns associated with using Tasers; a practical component; and a written test. After this training, Defendant was certified for use of the Taser X7.”

Video will be key in trial of Kimberly Potter in fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright

  Video will be key in trial of Kimberly Potter in fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright Widely circulated body camera video of a suburban Minneapolis police officer fatally shooting Daunte Wright in a car during a traffic stop is likely to play a central role as she goes on trial Tuesday for her role in his death. © Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter has been booked into the Hennepin County Jail, according to online jail records. She was booked approximately 37 minutes after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said they arrested her. Potter was charged with second degree manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright.

In other words, prosecutors said Potter knew better, and she has to take responsibility for it.

Potter’s defense is geared to argue that this shooting was an innocent mistake. In motions, they have been arguing against the state’s use of force expert and suggested that Wright was a danger to the community.

As things stand, jurors will hear Potter’s version of events from the stand. She will testify, defense lawyer Paul Engh told a potential juror.

Matt Naham contributed to this report.

[Image of Daunte Wright via Attorney Ben Crump and GoFundMe; image of Kim Potter via the Hennepin County, Minn. Jail]

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EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser? .
At former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial for fatally shooting Daunte Wright, a Black motorist, the core of her defense is clear: She says she meant to use her Taser but grabbed her handgun instead. Potter’s body-camera video recorded the shooting, with Potter heard saying, “Taser, Taser, Taser” before she fired, followed by, “I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun.” Many activists have refused to accept the former Brooklyn Center officer’s explanation. And the prosecution argued in its opening statement that Potter — a 26-year police veteran — had the experience and training to know better.

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