Jury Selection Begins In Trial For Ex-Cop Accused Of Fatally Shooting Daunte Wright

Jury selection started in the trial for former officer Kim Potter who is accused of killing Daunte Wright earlier this year. 

Earl Gray, who’s representing the former Minneapolis officer, said the circumstances around the case point to human error.

“What we have basically is an innocent mistake,” Gray said during his arguments. “That she wasn’t culpably negligent and that she didn’t cause the death of Mr. Wright. He caused his death himself.”

Gray, who is not a stranger to controversial cases, represents a former officer in the killing of George Floyd, and also served as legal counsel for the officers who shot and killed Philando Castile in St. Paul during a traffic stop, USA Today reports.

Potter’s choice landed on the heels of Floyd’s killing.

As Blavity previously reported, Potter is facing first and second-degree manslaughter for Wright’s death.

Prosecution said that Potter knew better when she reached for her gun as opposed to her Taser.

Defense attorneys have argued that Wright’s death was due to his own irresponsibility, however. Officials say Wright drove off from a traffic stop and didn’t comply with law enforcement until Potter intervened.

If convicted of first-degree, Potters faces a maximum sentence of 15 years, and a $30,000 fine. The second-degree charge potentially has a 10 year max, and $20,000 fine.

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