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Daunte Wright Shooting Trial LIVE: Day 4

Daunte Wright Shooting Trial LIVE: Day 4

Will today be the day the prosecution finally provides jury with actual evidence of manslaughter?

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

In this LIVE post, we’ll provide real-time live streaming and commenting on the trial proceedings throughout the day, as the State continues to present its case in chief, and the defense continues to cross-examine the State’s witnesses.

Live Stream

Live Commenting

For some more detailed background on this event and court proceedings to date, see these earlier posts:

Daunte Wright Shooting Trial Day 3: Still No Apparent Evidence Of Manslaughter

Daunte Wright Shooting Trial Day 2: Prosecution Spends Entire Day On Irrelevant Sympathy Evidence

Daunte Wright Shooting Trial Day 1: Defense Scores on State Witness

Kim Potter Trial: Manslaughter Charged in “Taser! Taser! Taser!” Shooting Death of Duante Wright

Until next time:


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oh for fuck’s sake this prosecution is off the rails.

Question for Blanca

Can the defense stipulate that Wright died of gunshot, to cut down on the effect of the cumulative evidendence?

I have seen stipulation work quite effectively in civil cases.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    In my case, I was expert witness for the defense (civil case) & (I was somewhat of a fact witness since I had worked for the plaintiff for a short period of time) and the plaintiffs attorney started into claiming that I was a bad guy. The defense attorney jumped in and stipulated that “the Plaintiff did not like me” which promptly ended that line of questioning.

    Chewbacca in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 13, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Since I’ve seen it misspelled several times I figured I would correct it here. His name is Branca, not Blanca.

    ConradCA in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 13, 2021 at 11:48 am

    When people resist arrest they should accept the consequences. The world is better off without Dante Williams.

      Peabody in reply to ConradCA. | December 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      It’s against the law to resist arrest, so according to Democrat way of thinking there’s nothing to see here. As long as there’s a law against it they’ve done their job.

    ksbsnowowl in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    It was alluded to on the Nick Rekieta stream (I think by Mr. Branca, but I could be mistaken) that the State would have to agree to the stipulation. They would not, because they want to pile on this ridiculous cumulative evidence. Making it appear that they have a large amount of evidence is a large portion of their case.

Three days into the trial and still no evidence of a criminal homicide. Still no evidence that the risk of injury to the homicide victim was “unjustified..” Understandable since there was no evidence of an unjustifiable risk of injury to the homicide victim alleged in the statement of facts that was supposed to support the charge that there was an unjustified risk of injury to the homicide victim.

I am very happy to see Kim Potter’s supervisor backed her up and said she was justified in shooting Wright even if she chose to pick the pistol instead of the taser.

The jury has GOT to be getting annoyed with all this BS from the state? I’m sure they all have lives they’d like to get back to, and before christmas.

This is just ridiculous..
This case demonstrates the need that the state must be made to pay reasonable defense costs. That would include reasonable attorney’s fees at market prices.
Otherwise, the wasting of the defendant’s resources will continue. At this point, this is the real punishment.

When the simple fact that a politically motivated prosecutor targets you for destruction means you are being financially ruined even if you manage to survive the attack against your liberty this is the real punishment.

    I believe the her union is picking up the costs on this trial but overall you are correct, the state has literally wasted days of testimony that could gave been covered in a day. They are also drawing her former co-workers and BCA workers into court when they could be working on other tasks.

Duante seems to have sold his mother weed for $50 buckaroos?

So my take is that if we as a society are going to mandate officers carry a taser as a ‘less-than-lethal’ alternative to their firearm, we have to accept that these horrible accidents ARE going to happen. If it was old times, he still wouldn’t have been allowed to leave. They would have gotten out the billy clubs and beaten this pot dealer to within an inch of his life. Would have been much harder to mistake the gun for a billy club.

    A taser is not a “less-than-lethal” alternative to a firearm. A taser is a dangerous weapon or a deadly weapon or a lethal weapon. The use of a taser is “deadly force,” force that the user knows or reasonably should know creates a substantial risk of great bodily injury or death. A taser is touted as a “less-lethal” deadly weapon by manufacturers. Like saying a .380 acp is a less-lethal weapon in relation to a .45 acp. They are both weapons that can and do cause “great bodily harm or death,” the .380 acp is merely less likely to cause great bodily harm or death than the .45 acp, therefore the .380 acp can be called a less-lethal weapon in relation to the .45 acp. When you are justified in using a taser you are justified in using a .45 acp. If you intend to use your taser in circumstances where the use of deadly force is justified and you mistakenly use your .45 acp, then “No harm, No foul.” Kind of like threatening to blow a threats head off in self defense, and then mistakenly shooting him center mass–No harm, No foul.

      johnny dollar in reply to bigo. | December 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      I’m not sure I understand your point.
      In all of the instances with which I am familiar in which a taser has been used, the recipient of the taser “round” made a full recovery within minutes and required no hospital care of note.
      Surely, the same cannot be said of any firearm, regardless of caliber.
      The only taser case I have encountered where any severe injury occurred was a case where someone was tased and ended up jumping off a balcony thereafter (high on unknown drugs). A civil case was filed against the PD, claiming the taser made the plaintiff involuntarily jump off the balcony.
      The jury found for the PD after very brief deliberation.

        Notanymore in reply to johnny dollar. | December 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm

        1005 deaths after being tasted 153 with taser being ruled as cause

        Your knowledge of taser deaths appears to be very limited. Gunshot wounds are fatal about 85% of the time. Guns, on average, are more deadly than a taser. A taser is less-deadly than the average firearm. Less-deadly doesn’t mean not deadly.

        “Dangerous weapon” means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm,

        As you can see from Minnesota’s definition of a dangerous weapon, a taser is a deadly weapon that a person should reasonably know creates a risk of great bodily harm or death.

          buck61 in reply to bigo. | December 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

          I would guess that most of those 85% are self inflicted. There is no way there are 85% deadly from any type iof distance, most shooters aren’t that accurate from distance

So far the state is doing a helluva job proving Daunte Wright was shot by the police.

They’ve had 3 different witnesses say they collected the gun potter was wearing and ‘put it in a box’.. what?

DNA evidence? My Lord. This awful presentation just got worse.

Curious –

Is there some question on how WWright died?

Is there some question on if Wright died?

Seems there must be a question to both since all the testimony is how or if he died.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 13, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Branca’s comment – “I have no idea why DNA analysis would be at all relevant to any issue in this case.”

    Maybe they are trying to prove that Wright died? you think?


I may have figured out the prosecution’s strategy.

Waste as much time as possible so the defense gets the case right before Christmas, and hope the jury blames the defense for ruining their holidays.