Kimberly Potter. Photo courtesy of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Trial for former Minnesota police officer Kimberly Porter begins

Jury selection began on November 30 marking the start for the manslaughter trial of ex-Minnesota cop Kim Potter for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021.

The former suburban Minneapolis police officer claims that she mistook her gun for a taser during the stop and fatally shot Wright. Potter resigned from her position following the incident.


Potter has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges as opening statements are slated to start December 8.

The incident took place during the trial of another White Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty for killing George Floyd in Minnesota last April.

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