The Cop That Thought She Grabbed Her Taser On Third Day of Deliberations

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According to KSTP

The jury ended deliberations at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday without coming to a consensus. The panel will resume Wednesday morning.

Court convened at 4:30 p.m. so Judge Regina Chu could answer two questions asked by jurors.

Question No. 1 was how long jurors have to deliberate if they can’t reach a consensus, and Chu re-read an instruction telling them to keep deliberating to reach agreement but not compromise personal decisions just to do so.

Question No. 2 asked Chu if the jurors could take Potter’s gun out of the evidence box it was zip-tied to, and Chu allowed that.

Jurors left to continue deliberations at 4:34 p.m.

Chu then heard defense attorney Earl Gray’s objections to Chu re-reading the instruction and allowing jurors to handle the firearm.

A jury has resumed deliberations Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she shot and killed Black motorist Daunte Wright.

The jury met for about five hours Monday following closing arguments in which prosecutors accused Kim Potter of a “blunder of epic proportions” in Wright’s death in an April 11 traffic stop — but said a mistake was no defense.

Potter’s attorneys countered that Wright, who was attempting to get away from officers as they sought to handcuff him for an outstanding warrant on a weapons charge, “caused the whole incident.”

Potter, who is white, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. If convicted of the most serious charge, Potter, 49, would face a sentence of about seven years under state guidelines, though prosecutors have said they will seek more.

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge called Wright’s death “entirely preventable. Totally avoidable.” She urged the jury not to excuse it as a mistake: “Accidents can still be crimes if they occur as a result of reckless or culpable negligence.”

“She drew a deadly weapon,” Eldridge said. “She aimed it. She pointed it at Daunte Wright’s chest, and she fired.”

Potter’s attorney Earl Gray argued that Wright was to blame for trying to flee from police. Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her Taser because the traffic stop “was chaos,” he said.

“Daunte Wright caused his own death, unfortunately,” he said. He also argued that shooting Wright wasn’t a crime.

“In the walk of life, nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes,” Gray said. “My gosh, a mistake is not a crime. It just isn’t in our freedom-loving country.”

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