For cop who shot Daunte Wright, will 'wrong gun' plea work?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: “I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun,” Kim Potter said. “I’m going to go to prison.” But legal experts say a conviction for Potter, who says she meant to pull her Taser, isn’t as certain as it might seem — at least on the most serious charge she faces, first-degree manslaughter. Jury selection begins Tuesday.
Daunte Wright , before his death, left
"I know what [ Wright ’ s ] parents are going through, because I almost lost my son…Now, who [ Wright ]
Kim potter trial : jury instructions set in case of daunte wright ' s shooting death.
At right is an undated booking photo showing Kim Potter , a former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer facing trial in the death of Daunte Wright .
The Brooklyn Center Police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in what police say was an “accidental discharge” of her gun was identified late Monday as Kim Potter , a 26-year veteran of the force who has since resigned from her position. BROOKLYN CENTER, MN - APRIL 12: Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey (R) speaks during a press [+] conference about the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright at the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on April 12, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon referred to the incident as an
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. © 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.
Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When attorneys begin sifting through potential jurors on Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, they’ll take a hard look at their attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. The prospective jurors in former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial have already responded to questionnaires similar to those used this year in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for the killing of George Floyd.
– Kim Potter , the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright at a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, is a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Potter was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter, officials said. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput
Potter was one of the first officers on the scene of a fatal police shooting in 2019, when officers shot an autistic man, Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who had allegedly grabbed a knife, the Star Tribune reported. The newspaper, citing an investigative report from the Hennepin County Attorney' s Office, reported
Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-year veteran and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright , police said. Brooklyn Center, Minn. police officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned on April 13, two days after the shooting death of Daunte Wright . (The Washington Post).
(Luis Velarde/The Washington Post). The suburban city of about 30,000 residents has been rocked by Wright ’ s killing as the Minneapolis area watches the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged with murder after kneeling on George Floyd’ s neck for more than nine
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.
Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When attorneys sift through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, they’ll take a hard look at their attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Jury selection starts Tuesday in former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial. The pool has already responded to questionnaires similar to those used this year in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for the killing of George Floyd.
Wright was killed by Officer Kim Potter during a routine traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, according to police. The fatal shooting and the demonstrations occurred about 10 miles from the Minneapolis courtroom where former officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death of George Floyd last year. The killing Sunday was at least the third high-profile death of a Black man during a police encounter in the Minneapolis area in the past five years, after the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights in 2016 and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
Officer Kim Potter , who fatally shot a 20-year-old Black motorist in Minnesota' s Brooklyn Center, has been arrested. The shooting of Daunte Wright prompted riots in the US state.
Wright , who is Black, died not far from where former police officer Derek Chauvin choked George Floyd to death last year. What did Potter say about her resignation? Potter and her police chief handed in their resignations on Tuesday after two nights of protests. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott also told reporters the City Council had passed a resolution calling for the dismissal of both Gannon and Potter , a 26-year
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.
Watch Live: Former Cop Kim Potter Manslaughter Trial in Daunte Wright Death
Former police officer Kimberly Ann Potter, 49, stands trial for killing Daunte Wright, 20, in a disastrous traffic stop. Her attorney has said that she will testify. The post Watch Live: Former Cop Kim Potter Manslaughter Trial in Daunte Wright Death first appeared on Law & Crime.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.
— Officer Kimberly A. Potter was in the midst of a routine training day on Sunday, demonstrating her decades of policing know -how to less experienced officers in the Brooklyn Center Police Department. But that training came to an abrupt and horrifying end when Officer Potter , who is white, shot Daunte Wright , a
A report later concluded that Mr. Dimock-Heisler, who was described as mentally ill, had lunged at a police officer with a knife during a domestic disturbance call. Officer Potter advised each of the officers to go into separate squad cars, turn off their body cameras and not talk to each other
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."
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.
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.
US ex-cop on trial for fatal shooting of Black man she says was accident .
A US former police officer went on trial Wednesday for the death of an African-American man, which she claimed was an accident, saying she mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her Taser during a routine traffic stop. Floyd's death sparked a nationwide uproar over law enforcement abuse of African-Americans, igniting protests and riots in multiple cities. Wright's death revived the tensions and sparked new demonstrations in the northern city, which calmed down after Potter's arrest and after Floyd's convicted killer, police officer Derek Chauvin, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.