Kim Potter, ex-Minnesota officer, found guilty of manslaughter in death of Daunte Wright

A Minneapolis jury on Thusday ex-cop Kim Potter convicted on all counts she faced down for shooting black motorist Daunte Wright earlier this year.

The Hennepin County panel found Potter guilty of first degree manslaughter, meaning that she improperly used “such force and violence that the death or grievous bodily harm of any person was reasonably possible. predictable ”.

Jurors also found the former white officer guilty of second degree manslaughter, which only required a verdict of “culpable negligence” which created “unreasonable risk and knowingly taking the risk of causing death or death. serious bodily harm to others ”.

Potter risks a maximum of 15 years behind bars. The jury was made up of a black man, two Asian Americans and nine whites.

Wright’s fatal April 11 shooting occurred about 10 miles from the courthouse where former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was on trial for the murder of George Floyd.

Days later, Chauvin, who is white, was convicted of second and third degree murder, as well as second degree manslaughter, on May 25, 2020, murder of Floyd, a black man, whose death sparked a summer of nationwide protests calling for an end to institutional racism.

Potter’s trial took place in the same courtroom where Chauvin’s trial took place.

A tearful Potter testified in his own defense last week and described a “chaotic” scene that required him to make a decision in a split second.

Wright was being arrested on an outstanding weapons charge when he tried to get back into his car. Potter testified that she feared for the safety of another officer, Sergeant. Mychal Johnson, who was wrestling with Wright on the passenger side.

Potter tucked his Glock to his right, his dominant side and his Taser to his left.

The prosecution released a video of Potter’s body camera for jurors, showing how the officer had the Glock in his hand for at least five seconds before firing the fatal shot.

The Glock used to kill Wright weighed 2.11 pounds, compared to the 0.94 pound Taser which emanates light and required a safety switch before use, prosecutors said.

Samira Puskar contributed.

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