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WATCH: Opening statements underway at Kim Potter's trial

WATCH: Opening statements underway at Kim Potter's trial

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Updated: December 08, 2021 09:00 AM
Created: December 08, 2021 08:54 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Court is expected to resume at 1:30 p.m.

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Opening statements are underway at the manslaughter trial of the Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright.

Jurors will be presented starkly different views of officer Kim Potter, with the defense claiming she 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.

Potter is white and Wright was Black. The shooting roiled the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center for days just as former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was on trial in George Floyd’s death. 

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