Minnesota ex-police officer who shot Daunte Wright plans to testify at trial

Minnesota ex-police officer who shot Daunte Wright plans to testify at trial

2021-12-01 11:35:00 AM

Minnesota ex-police officer who shot Daunte Wright plans to testify at trial

The former Minnesota police officer charged in the April shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man whose death prompted new protests against police brutality, will testify in her own defense, her attorney said.

-01 December 2021 - 09:14People pay respects to a memorial made from a fist that used to be in George Floyd Square at the site where Daunte Wright was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer days before in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 14, 2021.

Image:LEAH MILLISThe former Minnesota police officer charged in the April shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man whose death prompted new protests against police brutality, will testify in her own defense, her attorney said on Tuesday as jury selection began in the manslaughter trial.

Kimberly Potter, a white former officer in Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly discharged her handgun instead of her stun gun at Wright, 20, during a traffic stop. headtopics.com

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Her lawyers also have accused the prosecution of disregarding the conduct of Wright, who they have said resisted arrest and attempted to drive away. Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force, resigned after the incident.While questioning a prospective juror, defense attorney Paul Engh said Potter would take the witness stand, a move that lets her tell jurors her side of the story but will expose her to prosecution cross-examination.

"Officer Potter will testify and tell you what she remembers happened. So you will know not just from the video, but from the officers at the scene and Officer Potter herself - what was occurring,” Engh said."We have something to say here, too."

Two men and two women were selected on Tuesday for the 12-member panel and its two alternates. Hennepin County District Court Judge Regina Chu has said jury selection could take about a week and has set opening statements for Dec. 8.Prosecutors used one of their three strikes to dismiss a retired fire captain after asking questions about whether he could be impartial toward a fellow first responder. Defense attorneys used one of their five strikes on a woman who once volunteered for the political campaign of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who was in the courtroom.

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