Transcript for Opening statements set to begin in trial of cop who fatally shot Daunte Wright
- To opening statements in the manslaughter trial of the former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, who shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop earlier this year, saying she meant to reach for her taser. Stephanie Ramos is in Minneapolis with the latest for us. Good morning, Stephanie.
- Robin, good morning. The criminal trial for former police officer Kim Potter begins today right here in Minneapolis, actually in the courthouse right behind me. The former Brooklyn Center police officer says she mistook her handgun for her taser when she shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in April of this year.
Wright was pulled over for an expired tag. And officers later discovered an outstanding misdemeanor for his arrest. Wright struggled. Potter then fired one shot, killing Wright. A nearly all-white jury will determine whether or not to find Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter for Wright's death.
Attorneys for Potter say it was a mistake and she never intended to kill Wright. A 26-year veteran of the force, Potter says she wants to take the stand in her own defense. And Potter's trial will take place in the same courtroom where former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the killing of George Floyd.
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