Kim Potter Trial Live Updates: Jury Expected to Announce Verdict

Live Updates

  • 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.

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The jury in the Kim Potter trial are expected to deliver their verdict Friday. In this screen grab from video, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter testifies in court, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, following a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.
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