Prosecutor: Minnesota cop who killed Daunte Wright violated training

December 8, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor at the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright has told jurors that Kim Potter (pictured) violated her training and “betrayed a 20-year-old kid.”

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge began her opening statement Wednesday by saying that the fundamental duty of a police officer is to protect the sanctity of life.

The defense is expected to claim that Potter made an innocent mistake by pulling her handgun instead of her Taser when she shot Wright in April as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop.

The prosecution will portray a veteran officer who had undergone extensive training that warned about such a mix-up.