The mother of Daunte Wright, the Black 20-year-old who was fatally shot by ex-Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, gave an emotional testimony on Thursday (Dec. 9) in Potter’s trial. Taking the stand, Katie Bryant recalled the final moments she saw her son – over video call just after he had been shot.
Bryant said she video called her son after losing connection with him in their audio phone call. She said she saw her son’s lifeless body sitting in his car’s driver’s seat when a woman, presumably Wright’s passenger, screamed out, “They shot him!”
According to CBS Minnesota, lawyers presented body camera footage of the shooting, which showed Bryant arriving to the scene and asking cops why her son had been shot. On Thursday, Bryant said she knew a body underneath a sheet at the scene was her son’s because she recognized his tennis shoes.
Prosecutors have repeatedly played body camera footage from the shooting, which hears Potter yelling, “Taser!” before firing her handgun. In their opening statement on Wednesday (Dec. 8), prosecutors pointed out that Potter is a 26-year veteran of the police department and argued she’s had enough training and experience not to confuse her Taser with a gun.
Defense attorneys, however, countered that Potter made a mistake, saying, “Police officers are human beings.” Potter is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter, which don’t require proof that she intended to kill Wright.
Potter has told the court she will testify in her defense. Wright, who was unarmed, was initially pulled over for allegedly having expired license plate tags and an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror.