Kim Potter took the stand in her own defense on Friday (Dec. 17) in the second week of her trial. The former Minnesota police officer is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.
Potter has claimed that she meant to grab her Taser when she deployed her firearm at Wright this April. On Friday, she said she had never used her Taser in her 26 years with the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
“I would take my Taser out on rare occasions, but I don’t believe I ever deployed it,” she said.
She also claimed that she was never physically trained on weapons confusion. The 49-year-old broke down in tears when she recalled the moment she fatally shot Wright.
Potter said she couldn’t remember saying anything after the shooting. Footage of the incident has shown she said, “Oh, shit. I shot him. I grabbed the wrong fucking gun” and, “I’m going to prison” after shooting Wright. On Friday, she said she did not remember making those comments.
When asked why she resigned from the police department two days after killing Wright, Potter said she “didn’t want anything bad to happen to the city” or to her co-workers.
Earlier this week, a Minnesota use-of-force expert testified that Potter was not justified in using deadly force against Wright. On Tuesday (Dec. 14), a suburban Minneapolis police commander also said Potter was fully trained in her department’s Taser and use-of-force policies at the time of the shooting.
If convicted of first-degree manslaughter, the ex-cop faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Her second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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