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

Trial of former Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter begins

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Opening statements begin on Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of ex-Minnesota cop Kimberly Potter for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop on April 11. 

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

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