On Thursday, a jury in Minnesota found former police officer Kim Potter guilty of first and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.
The 12-member jury’s decision came after it had deliberated for nearly 30 hours.
Potter had been charged with two counts— first and second-degree manslaughter — after shooting and killing Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in April.
Potter had maintained that the shooting was accidental and that she meant to grab her Taser, but mistakenly grabbed her gun and fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop.
Potter’s attorney, Earl Gray, contended that a mistake isn’t a crime and said that Wright was to blame for trying to flee from police, arguing that he « caused his own death. »
Prosecutors urged the jury to find her guilty, arguing that the death of Wright, a Black man, had been preventable.
« Members of the jury, this was no little ‘oopsies.’ This was not putting the wrong date on a check. This was not entering the wrong password somewhere, » Assistant State Attorney General Erin Eldridge told the jury on Monday, according to NBC News.
« This was a colossal screw-up, a blunder of epic proportions. It was precisely the thing she had been warned about for years, and she was trained to prevent it. It was irreversible, and it was fatal, » Eldridge added.
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