A Hennepin County jury found ex-Minnesota cop Kimberly Potter guilty of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter on December 23 for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, at a traffic stop on April 11. Follow below for more on the case and verdict.
More on the case: – Potter pleaded not guilty on both charges, saying that she mistook her firearm for a taser during the incident – The shooting took place during the trial of another White officer, Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty for the killing of George Floyd in the same Minnesota county in April – The jury selected includes nine White, one Black and two Asian jurors.
- The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter has reached a verdict Thursday.
- Potter, a 49-year-old white woman, is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after she says she accidentally drew and fired her gun instead of her Taser, killing Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in April 2021.
- During the trial, jurors saw body camera footage and police car dashboard video showing officers pull Wright over, the moments Potter threatened and then shot him and the life-saving efforts officers administered after he was pulled from the vehicle.
- The defense argued Potter made an error, saying “police officer are human beings.” Attorneys representing Potter called a slew of witnesses to testify about Potter’s “peaceful” and professional characters.
- Potter took the stand as the defense’s final witness. She got emotional several times when recounting the moments of the shooting and seeing body camera footage from the incident.
- During the cross-examination, Potter broke down saying she was “so sorry” for shooting Wright and said she “never wanted to hurt anybody.”
- Jury deliberations began Monday and lasted about 27 hours total.
- The verdict is expected to be delivered shortly.