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Daunte Wright Shooting Trial LIVE: Jury Selection, Day 1

Daunte Wright Shooting Trial LIVE: Jury Selection, Day 1

Kim Potter faces first and second-degree manslaughter charges.

Welcome to our coverage of the Kim Potter manslaughter trial over the April 11, 2021 shooting death of Duante Wright in a suburb of Minneapolis, when then-police officer Potter accidentally used her Glock 17 pistol in place of her intended Taser. Today we anticipate the start of jury selection.

For some more detailed background on this event, see my post from last night: Kim Potter Trial: Manslaughter Charged in “Taser! Taser! Taser!” Shooting Death of Duante Wright

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This motion by the Potter defense provides insight into their defense theory of the case:

Until next time:


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The plexiglass is for Covid? I thought it was to protect from violence. How ridiculous. I think on the scale of stupid — MN > CA.

I read someplace that the plexiglass really is counterproductive.. stops airflow…

On the bright side, Andrew will have no trouble transcribing the judges statements in real time. It’s like listening to the DMV sloths from Zootopia.

Capsaicin_Addict | November 30, 2021 at 11:52 am

That motion to dismiss from the defense is interesting as it raises some questions. Did Officer Potter have some sort of obligation to NOT enforce the law (in the form of serving a warrant) in regards to Wright?

I mean, we all know Warren vs DC and others make it clear the police are not obligated to protect an individual, but ye gods, the argument the prosecution is making via its expert is a bit deranged.

This jury selection is ridiculously bad. Sometime next year they may be able to start the actual trial. Is the judge on heroin?

    Colonel Travis in reply to Chewbacca. | November 30, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    trying,…..times, Chewy……
    Jurists……are….ordinary people….asked…..

    And my head hits the desk.

Minneapolis is now the political equivalent of Love Canal. If the police were smart they would “defund” themselves and leave. Too bad the cop is not a POC.

    Observer in reply to alaskabob. | November 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    If she were a POC, she probably wouldn’t have been criminally charged. They’d have sent her to grief counseling and remedial weapons handling courses instead.

Women shouldn’t be allowed to be policemen.

Colonel Travis | November 30, 2021 at 3:40 pm

Just turned it on. And this…..

ugottabekiddinme | November 30, 2021 at 6:09 pm

Ms. “one of my degrees [sic] is in public health . . .” sounded like someone who thinks she has the answer to every major problem in our society, from racial disparities to firearms control “like the Japanese”, supports defunding the police who get too much money, and seems more than willing to do whatever it takes to fix us. Not at all biased. /s

But glad she was minimally forthright on the questionnaire so she could be excused. Too bad the court forced the defense to expend a peremptory challenge, as she seemed to be merely mouthing a claim of being able to be fair considering all her obvious hard left-slanted views.

    In MN there are a million like her.

    > Most will pretend they can be impartial.

    But if they could – they’d giver Kim Potter the electric chair.

    Accident or not. It does not matter to most of those who get on the jury.
    All they see is white cop and dead black kid = end of their thought process.

    Kim Potter will regret joining the police force in MN for the rest of her life.

      ugottabekiddinme in reply to Ben Kent. | November 30, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Some biased folks just want desperately to get on a high-profile jury so they can dispense their version of justice (or maybe write a lucrative book), and they can hide their bias pretty well, especially if the judge helps them. I began practicing 40+ years ago in a county with 5 trial departments, one of whose judges would predictably override most defense “cause” challenges for bias by soliciting yes or no answers to a few leading questions, like:

      Judge: “Putting all that you have said aside, could you nevertheless be fair and impartial?”
      Poss. Juror: “Yes, your Honor.”
      Judge: “Passed for cause.”

      I think the judge was just in a hurry to get to the testimony and keep his calendar on schedule; less concerned with the due process rights of the parties who often had to use precious peremptory strikes to avoid the worst prospects.

It’s going to be a weird one. Durante: nuf said. Potter: despite screaming “taser,” she pulls and fires a gun. Judge: ASMR voice. I’m ready for nap time