2021-12-01 10:30:19 –
A fifth jury was added Wednesday morning, the second day of the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot Daunte Wright when it began as a traffic outage in April.
Four juries were selected from the 11 asked on Tuesday, and Judge Regina Chu in the Hennepin County district was unable to maintain prejudice and had safety concerns about serving as a jury. I made the most excuses because I was there.
The latest jury, a young woman, was easily questioned by both the defense and the prosecution and assured the court that she could judge the case based solely on the evidence presented during the trial.
“I understand what I need to do,” she said. “Follow the law.”
When asked about efforts to defend the police, the woman said she was “slightly” opposed, adding that “you always need police officers and bad things will always happen.”
According to the court, the four selected on Tuesday are whites in their 50s, whites in their 60s, whites in their 20s, and Asian women in their 40s. Fourteen juries will take turns to attend Potter’s trial, which is scheduled to begin on December 8.
One of Potter’s lawyers, Paul En, revealed that Potter would testify during the trial while asking a jury candidate. Her defense said she had mistaken a taser for a pistol when she escaped from a police officer trying to handcuff Wright on April 11 and jumped into a car to escape.
Potter confirmed that she was going to testify when the court was held Wednesday morning.
“Do you understand that it’s entirely your decision to testify?” Chu asked.
“Yes, yes, it’s your honor,” Potter said.
“Did you have enough time to think about this?”
“Yes, wife, I want to testify.”
“If you change your mind after your condition rests, you can do that.” Mr. Chu said the jury’s instructions that if Potter chooses not to testify, Potter is not obliged to prove her innocence. Added that can be added.
Potter, 49, was charged with manslaughter for firing a single shot at Wright, 20, that Sunday afternoon. Her lawyers, Engh and Earl Gray, will call psychologists to testify about “slip-and-capture errors.” In the meantime, dominant actions take precedence over non-dominant actions.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Hennepin County Attorney General’s Office, led by Prosecutor Matthew Frank, claimed that Potter was trained to recognize the difference between the two weapons and acted negligently.
The police body camera footage captured the moment, and Potter fired a pistol at the light and shouted, “Taser! Taser! Taser!”. Wright was stopped due to an expired tab, and police found that there was his arrest warrant on charges of a serious misdemeanor weapon.
Of the jury candidates asked on Tuesday, seven said they had a “very negative” or “slightly negative” impression of Potter. Some expressed her “slightly positive” impression. The rest were neutral or not asked. Most have set aside what they have learned about the case and said they can make that decision based on the evidence presented in court.
The court summoned 453 candidate juries in this case. There are 127 more than the number of trials by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April of murdering George Floyd in 2020. Chauvin is guilty.
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