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With jury set, trial turns to opening statements in Daunte Wright killing

Added 12-08-21 04:07:02am EST - “Opening statements are set for today in manslaughter trial of police officer Kim Potter for the death of Black motorist Daunte Wright. Her lawyers claim she mistakenly pulled gun instead of her Taser” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “With jury set, trial turns to opening statements in Daunte Wright killing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In this screen grab from video, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over jury selection in the trial of former police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright. AP hide caption

In this screen grab from video, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over jury selection in the trial of former police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors will be presented with starkly different views of the Minnesota police officer who killed Black motorist Daunte Wright during opening statements at her manslaughter trial Wednesday, with the defense claiming that Kim Potter made an innocent mistake by pulling her handgun instead of her Taser and the prosecution portraying her as a veteran cop who had gone through extensive training that warned of such a mix-up.

Potter, 49, is charged with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in Wright's April 11 death in Brooklyn Center. The white former officer – she resigned two days after the shooting – has said she meant to use her Taser on the 20-year-old Wright after he tried to drive away from a traffic stop as officers tried to arrest him, but that she grabbed her handgun instead.

A mostly white jury was seated last week, setting the stage for testimony to begin in a case that sparked angry demonstrations outside the Brooklyn Center police station last spring. Those demonstrations, with protesters frequently clashing with police in riot gear, happened as former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was on trial just 10 miles (16 kilometers) away for killing George Floyd.

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