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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.
Kyle Rittenhouse's recent acquittal portends a dire future: one in which anyone can bring a loaded weapon anywhere, and where daily encounters can turn into deadly shootouts within seconds. Luckily, states are free to regulate the concealed carry of weapons, while balancing the rights granted by the Second Amendment. But right now, theis considering a case that could have sweeping implications for the safety of my constituents and many other Americans. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, the Court must grapple with the very real tensions between public safety and constitutional rights.
Teen Allegedly Shot Another at School After Seeing Money Received in Gun Sale Was Fake
The 15-year-old is facing charges of endangerment, aggravated assault, and weapons violations relating to bringing a weapon on campus. Over 170 school shootings have occurred in 2021, an increase from 112 in 2020, when many schools were closed, according to Statista. Tuesday, there was another school shooting in Michigan where authorities say a 15-year-old student opened fire at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, killing three and injuring several other students, according to USA Today. Your browser does not support this video For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
In the largely Black district I represent as a member of the New York state senate, both have historically been in short supply. Our community is over-policed and under-protected. Every day, I speak with families who have lost children to gun violence, and with incarcerated people pleading to correct injustices in the legal system. I hear from seniors who demand action to stem the tide of shootings, and from young people who explain why they feel forced to carry a weapon.
Alec Baldwin Details How the Gun Went Off in Fatal 'Rust' Shooting, Says He Is Not Responsible
Baldwin claims he let go of the hammer on the gun but never pulled the trigger while filming the scene that resulted in the shooting.Recalling the shooting itself, Baldwin claims that he never actually pulled the trigger. Instead, he and Hutchins were filming an insert shot of Baldwin drawing the gun, and she wanted to get an angle of him pulling back the hammer on the revolver.
My community isn't a monolith. So when I hear some—like Justice—raise subway crime and systemic racism as justifications for overturning New York's concealed-carry permit law, my spidey sense tingles a bit. To these newly minted defenders of the oppressed I say: come visit me in Crown Heights. Until then, keep our names out of your mouth.
This year I wrote New York's groundbreaking gun safety law, which holds irresponsible gun companies accountable for reckless actions in the marketplace. I also wrote a law declaring gun violence a public health crisis, unlocking millions of dollars for community-based intervention programs working on the ground to prevent bloodshed before it starts. It is precisely because of my role and experience in this community that I understand gun violence demands holistic, multi-pronged solutions—stronger and better-targeted enforcement, yes, but also greater vigilance and community investment.
Parents of school shooters are rarely charged
Experts say the charges against the parents of the Michigan high school shooter are "uncommon" but are a step towards accountability.Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Jennifer and James Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, is suspected in the Nov. 30 mass shooting.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is poised to discard this nuance entirely with a ruling that could violently redefine our relationship with guns. No objective data supports the assertion that more guns make us safer, and most studies point to the opposite conclusion. A city of armed civilians, unrestricted by regulation and emboldened by the Rittenhouse verdict sanctioning the loosest definition of "self-defense" as justification to kill, would be a profoundly unsafe place—not least of all for Black and Brown people, who are most vulnerable to abuse in our system. Allowing unfettered concealed carry licenses would be disastrous for communities like mine, which are already suffering from the proliferation of illegal guns.
It's true that the history of gun regulation, like our nation's history more generally, is tinged with racism. Indeed, many aspects of our legal system were designed with the singular purpose of preventing non-white Americans from enjoying equal protection under the law. Individuals far smarter than me have argued that the Court should consider Bruen an Equal Protection Clause case, not just a Second Amendment one. As a lawyer I agree with that analysis, but I will leave it to others to expound on it.
'What Is a Black Life Worth?': Lawyer Angry Over $250K Bond for Cop Charged in Killing
At a hearing Friday, Jason Meade pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and reckless homicide and requested that his case be moved to federal court.Walton, who represents Goodson's family, spoke at Friday's hearing for Meade, an Ohio sheriff's deputy. Meade is facing charges of murder and reckless homicide, one of which typically has a $1 million bond, Walton said.
As an elected legislator, I work to rectify injustices in our society by reshaping and redesigning systems that uphold our rights and ensure equality under the law. My colleagues and I have passed laws to expand voting rights and protections for tenants, direct billions to underserved public schools and minority- and women-owned businesses and protect reproductive freedom.
To overturn New York's law would be to deny the tensions between protecting public safety and respecting individual, constitutional rights. As a lifelong resident of this community I see these tensions clearly. As an elected official it's my job to resolve them. The task of striking the balance should be left to the people of this great state—through their democratically elected state representatives—and not a Supreme Court that can wax poetic about rampant gun violence in forests or on the subway but never has to answer to a rural or urban New Yorker who frequents both.
Many gun regulations, like so much else in our legal system, do have a racist and anti-immigrant origin story and are frequently applied unequally to people of color. But my state's concealed-carry permit law comports with a long, if imperfect, history and tradition of regulating guns in public spaces. Conservative justices have long held these traditions sacrosanct when interpreting the Second Amendment. It remains to be seen whether this fealty to history comes from a genuinely held belief, or is simply a convenient means to an end. Regardless of how the Court rules, my colleagues and I stand ready to continue legislating in the best interest of the communities we represent. As one of the people closest to this problem, I believe elected officials like me should be closest to crafting the solution.
Zellnor Myrie is a member of the New York State Senate.
The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
Toddler Accidentally Shoots Man Dead Inside His Home—Police .
The Savannah Police Department has confirmed that Dustin Walters, 25, was shot dead by a child just under 2 years old.According to a statement by Savannah Police, detectives reached the preliminary determination that the shooting of Dustin Walters, 25, was the result of an accidental shooting involving a handgun fired by a toddler.