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US Kim Potter trial: Here's what we know about the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright

13:12  08 december  2021
13:12  08 december  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Black man named Daunte Wright by a White police officer outside Minneapolis has prompted protests and clashes with law enforcement. This is what we know about the shooter , former Officer Kim Potter .

Attorneys and a judge overseeing the trial for Kim Potter gathered in a Minneapolis courtroom on Monday to hammer out final instructions for the panel of jurors tasked with deciding the former Minnesota police officer ’ s fate. Potter , 49 is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Daunte Wright , a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in April 2021. Potter , who was a police officer for 26 years, resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department two days after the April 11 shooting and has argued that she meant to use

The trial of Kim Potter begins this week as jurors determine whether the former suburban Minneapolis police officer purposely shot a 20-year-old Black man or truly mistook a gun for a Taser during a traffic stop.

a person smiling for the camera: Kim Potter has been charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Daunte Wright's death. © Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Kim Potter has been charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Daunte Wright's death.

Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright in April in Brooklyn Center -- near Minneapolis -- after police pulled Wright over for an expired tag. During the stop, officers learned he had an outstanding warrant and attempted to arrest him.

Seven men and seven women were selected for the jury, which includes two alternates.

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Kim Potter , the former Brooklyn Center Police Department (BCPD) officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright , served 26 years with the agency, led a union representing its officers , and once told two colleagues to deactivate their body cameras after they killed someone in 2019. In other words, Crump attempted to discredit the story of former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, who said the officer who killed Wright mistakenly grabbed her handgun instead of a stun gun and accidentally fired lethal shots . (After making that claim, Gannon, too, resigned from the police department.)

The jury is comprised of seven White men, four White women, two Asian women, and one Black woman. No Black men were selected for the jury.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin on December 8. The judge and attorneys plan to go over jury instructions on Monday and take Tuesday off before starting trial on Wednesday.

With Potter confirming last week she would like to testify, here's what we know about her:

Potter is a 26-year police veteran

Potter, 49, was with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. She joined the department in 1995, according to the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis.

She served as the police union's president in 2019, had been on the department's negotiation team and worked as a field training officer, the Tribune reported.

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Authorities said Potter and another officer initially pulled Wright over for a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, then tried to arrest him after they learned he had a warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge . Potter shot Wright as he resisted, police said; Potter 's then-chief, Tim Gannon, said earlier this week Wright appeared to mistake her gun for her Here ' s what we know about Kim Potter , the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright . Police initially told reporters that the traffic stop was for an expired tag. The criminal complaint does not say why the stop was made.

Former officer charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing 04:11. (CNN) A Minnesota judge ruled Monday that there is probable cause to support the case against Kim Potter , the former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April. Here ' s what we know about Kim Potter , the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright . Washington County attorney Imran Ali, appearing on behalf of the state, said prosecutors filed a notice motion for video and audio coverage of the trial . Potter could be seen with her mouth opened wide

Two days after the shooting, Potter resigned from the department, according to CNN affiliate KARE-TV.

Potter's body camera video was released after the shooting

In the 90-second body camera video of the shooting -- shared by the town's police chief less than 24 hours after the shooting -- Potter can be heard yelling "Taser" repeatedly before she shoots Wright. After firing her handgun, she yells, "Holy s***! I just shot him!"

Potter was originally charged with second-degree manslaughter in April and prosecutors added a first-degree manslaughter charge in early September. She faces at least a decade in prison if convicted.

Former Police Chief Tim Gannon, who also submitted his resignation after the shooting, said at the time the portion of the released body-worn camera footage led him to believe the shooting was accidental and that the officer's actions before the shooting were consistent with the department's training on Tasers.

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Kim Potter , the police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn., who fatally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday, has resigned from the Police Department, her union said in a statement on Tuesday. The city’ s police chief, Tim Gannon, also announced that he was departing. In a letter that Ms. Potter sent to city Until her resignation, she had been placed on administrative leave within the department after shooting and killing Mr. Wright , 20. In a news conference on Monday, Chief Gannon said he believed from watching Ms. Potter ’ s body camera video that she was attempting to use a Taser on Mr. Wright and pulled her

Kim Potter , the Brooklyn Center Police officer who shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, has resigned, according to a report. “I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and to my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” she added. In addition to Potter , Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced that Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned as well.

Gannon said, "the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet." The fatal shooting appeared to be "an accidental discharge," he said.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension examined Potter's duty belt and found her handgun is holstered on the right side of her belt, while the Taser is on the left side, according to a news release from Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's Office.

Citing a criminal complaint, the release said the Taser is yellow with a black grip and is set in a straight-draw position, "meaning Potter would have to use her left hand to pull the Taser out of its holster."

Sean Hendrickson, who teaches the use of force in Washington, told CNN the only way he could wrap his head around Potter confusing a Taser for a gun is if she underwent "cognitive overload." He defined this overload as the brain going into fight or flight mode and driving the behavior of an individual.

Hendrickson said the situation with Potter and Wright, from the single video released, didn't seem like it was "unfolding at a rate that would equate to cognitive overload like that."

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Potter attorney also represents officer in George Floyd case

Earl Gray, a St. Paul-based attorney, told CNN he is representing Potter.

Gray is also the attorney for Thomas Lane, one of the four officers charged in George Floyd's death. He was also a defense attorney for Jeronimo Yanez, the former St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer who was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Potter is also being represented by Paul Engh, who told a prospective juror that Potter will testify.

In a filing last month, Potter's attorneys said they might assert her gun use was an innocent mistake, an accident, and that the use of the Taser was reasonable. While mistaking a handgun for a Taser is rare, and central to the manslaughter charges against Potter, other aspects of the interaction are likely to come under scrutiny during the trial.

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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