Kim Potter Found Guilty on All Counts

In Minnesota, the verdict was rendered in the case of police officer Kim Potter who mistakenly withdrew her handgun thinking it was a Taser and killed Daunte Wright. Potter and a trainee officer were trying to effectuate an arrest of Wright who had an outstanding warrant. Similar to George Floyd, Wright had a considerable rap sheet and was resisting arrest at the time of the shooting.

The jury reached the only possible verdict under Minnesota law. The judge handled the case adroitly. I would hope that in sentencing the judge would consider the emotional testimony of the defendant and sentence Potter to the minimum number of years of incarceration within sentencing guidelines. I do not think that the crime had anything whatsoever to do with the race of the victim. Indeed Potter was guilty of criminal negligence, but I for one regret the severity of her punishment.

Tragic situation. I do believe that Potter didn’t mean to draw her gun and kill him. She was inconsolable right after - just a terrible situation.

I agree - while criminally negligent I would hope that she’s given a sentence on the lighter side.

The guy shot was really a thug but of course doesn’t deserve to be assassinated as what transpired, but Minnesota needs to look into its legal code. I refuse to believe there was any intent to kill Wright nor do I believe race played any factor in an arrest gone wrong. It seems very unfair that a dreadful mistake has ruined Potter’s life when she was trying to effectuate the lawful and deserved arrest of such a vile thug. Furthermore, it is offensive that media shows positive, supportive pictures of Wright with a child he is not supporting. Where are the pictures of Wright’s victims including the youngster he shot in the head or the woman he attempted to rob at gunpoint. It’s a sad outcome indeed.

The timing of this case attaches to it racial overtones. There was NOTHING racial whatsoever about it. It was a cop who made a grievous error for which she was obviously sorry. The end result will be the Wright family becoming millionaires over the death of their thuggish son.

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The more I thought about the conviction of Kim Potter, the more unsettled I became about her guilty verdict. So, I did some research on Minnesota Law and the charges of First and Second Degree Manslaughter. I just didn’t feel it was justice that a cop attempting to make an arrest of a thug should be punished so harshly and have her life ruined. I now hold the jury reached the wrong verdict in the case.

I contemplated the political climate in Minnesota and the consequences of the George Floyd trial which I also thought was a terrible miscarriage of justice inasmuch as Derek Chauvin committed no crime whatsoever, unless you want to throw out the pages of his Police Manual pertaining to restraining hysterical subjects. There was an illustration of a cop applying a knee restraint to the neck.

Keith Ellison as state attorney general, I find to be a very divisive individual and is acting at the behest of any angry mob who believe police target black people in particular due to systemic racism. In both cases, especially in Potter, what really should have happened was the AG should have used his discretion and not filed any charges whatsoever against either defendant; they were doing their jobs.

But, in both cases charges were filed which precipitated court cases. If Potter was guilty of a First Degree Manslaughter in Minnesota, she would have had to cause the death of another “in committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense with such force and violence that death of or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable…" But Potter was not committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, she was executing a lawful arrest of a criminal. Further, she did not act with “such force or violence” that death or great bodily harm was foreseeable. On the contrary, what was foreseeable to her when she tried to pull her taser was minor injury at worst.

The second degree manslaughter charge requires that death be caused “by the person’s culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.” There was no evidence that Potter “consciously” took the chance of “causing death” to Daunte Wright. Consciously, she was trying to use her taser, which would not have killed or seriously injured Wright. In fact, she shouted taser, taser, taser as she held the weapon which of course turned out not to be a taser.

IMO, Kim Potter should be exonerated on appeal, but like the case of Chauvin, that is unlikely to happen in an appellate court in the State of Minnesota. Reversal would likely cause rioting. So now we have two lives destroyed of two cops trying to do their jobs. It seems to me that not too many law enforcement professionals would want to be cops in Minneapolis given what happened in these two cops who now reside in prison, their lives torn asunder.

I’m a little torn on this. I do think she’s guilty of some form of negligence - I believe that she meant to use her taser and made an awful mistake. Still - a police officer with her tenure and training should have known the difference.

If she thought the situation required deadly force - the gun would be appropriate. Apparently it wasn’t. This guy may have had a prior record, but he was literally pulled over for having an air freshener on his mirror (how is that even a crime?).

The car also had an expired registration. He had no license and an outstanding arrest warrant. Learning of the warrant the officer had but to arrest him. I agree that it was terrible mistake, and she should be reprimanded for same, but sent to prison for twenty years? The cop believed she was tasering the guy. She had no intent to kill him. Neither of these cases should ever have gone to trial. Reading the law on the Potter case, I find no way she violated the law, just made a mistake attempting to arrest a criminal.

What is really awful 51 is that the appellate court will likely uphold at least part of the conviction. It seems to me that exoneration would require courage on the part of the judges, and given the atmosphere in Minnesota, I doubt there is enough courage to set Potter free. Sending to her prison is truly a miscarriage of justice.
I find it hard to be too critical of the judge. In many ways, she handled the case well. She did however use her authority to urge the jurors to reach a verdict when they at first failed. I think the judge should have just let the case die with a hung jury. It likely would have been retried, but I think Potter would have had a great chance of prevailing in a second trial. IMO,the judge should have stopped the entire proceedings and dismissed charges against Potter. The woman was not guilty of breaking the Minnesota Law. Read the law for yourself. She was not guilty of manslaughter.

Yep - totally get it.

But when you’re a cop with the legal power that you have - with it comes consequences. Potter herself even uttered “I’m going to prison” right after she shot him. She knew she made a terrible mistake.

I think the max she’ll get is 15 years. I don’t think she should serve close to that……but she is responsible for his death. There should be consequences.

So Alec Baldwin too should get 15 years in prison? What crime would you charge Potter with? Under Minnesota Law, she should never have been charged for either first or second degree manslaughter. I quoted the law. She cannot in my opinion be charged criminally under the state’s law. This is a case of Keith Ellison railroading a case through the court system to get a guilty verdict, and poor Officer Potter doesn’t have a remedy in appeal because it would require extreme courage for an appellate judge to reverse the verdict. It is definitely not justice. There was no willful intent. It’s the same type of thing were an anesthesiologist to twist the wrong knob during an operation, and the patient died. It would be a civil matter not a criminal matter. Or would you think the doctor should be sent to prison for 15 years.

Neither is a DUI accident resulting in a death. They didn’t mean to kill anyone, but their negligence did.

As an officer given the power to arrest and, if necessary, use deadly force - they also have the responsibility to make sure they do the right thing.

You saw the video. The police said “taser taser.” They had no intention of killing him. They wanted to use non-lethal force. Unfortunately for Wright and Potter, she drew the wrong weapon.

As a cop, you don’t get to make that grave mistake and not expect consequences. What about Wright? What about his family?

Traffic citations in all states are civil violations. Only one or two infractions are part of the criminal code. In every state, driving under influence is a criminal offense. If you’ve gotten a DUI, you have a criminal record. If you cause the death of another while driving under influence, you are subject to criminal prosecution for manslaughter and likely will receive prison time. Potter is subject to civil penalties but should never have been charged with manslaughter. Read the law. There was no intent on her part. .













The DA and a jury of potters peers disagree with you

The DA and a jury of potters peers disagree with you?

The Attorney General should have never tried a case when no law was broken.

Clearly, rational humans cannot believe that Potter deserves to be imprisoned for up to 25 years for making a mistake arresting a criminal. What about Capitol Officer Byrd? Didn’t he kill Ashley Babbitt, and Babbitt had no record whatsoever of wrong doing? Does Potter deserve to be a political prisoner? Keith Ellison should never have charged her, but Keith Ellison is operating under the misapprehension that cops are wholesalely slaughtering POC. If an appellate judge doesn’t exercise courage and overturn this judicial abomination, the woman might well spend the rest of her life in prison.

Now you’re just going the Floyd route and saying Wright deserved the death penalty. I agree she should serve a lighter sentence. But she’s a cop. And she fucked up. You can’t say there shouldn’t be consequences in this situation.

You are smarter than this. Ironically, you won’t admit it. I hate that Babbitt died. But put yourself in that situation. You’re charged with guarding the capital. A fucking mob is trying to break in to the place certifying the election. The VP among others is there.

What about Babbitt? What about her actions? Or is only the side you agree with not responsible for theirs?

Kim Potter is no more guilty than Alec Baldwin or the Capitol Cop. Potter was a decorated officer of 26 years.


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