Watch: Jury delivers its verdict in the Kimberly Potter trial

The trial for Kimberly Potter concluded Thursday with a conviction.

In the wake of the police killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot by a white officer during a traffic stop April 11, Minnesota law prohibiting motorists from hanging objects from their car's rearview mirror is getting fresh attention.
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MINNEAPOLIS —A Minnesota jury on Thursday found former police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop at which she mistakenly discharged her handgun instead of her Taser.

Prosecutors have said Kimberly Potter flouted years of training by mistakenly using her pistol instead of her Taser, while the defense has sought to blame the slain man for resisting arrest in a routine traffic stop. The trial began Wednesday, December 8.

The jury of seven women and seven men — including the alternates — is predominately white. There are two women of Asian descent and one Black woman. The jurors range in age from their 20s to their 70s.

Kimberly Potter, a white former officer in Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly discharged her handgun instead of her stun gun at Wright, 20, during a traffic stop.

Watch a stream of the proceedings below and read prior coverage here.


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Kimberly Potter booking photo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

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