Kim Potter trial live updates and latest news – Daunte Wright shooting cop sobs during testimony as she takes the stand

FORMER Minneapolis police officer Kim Porter cried during her testimony on Friday as she recounted the moment Daunte Wright told her "you shot me."

An emotional Kim Potter said: "We were struggling. We were trying to keep him from driving away. It just went chaotic." 

Potter was charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, which escalated to an arrest.

Bodycam footage of the incident revealed that Potter yelled "taser!" repeatedly before shooting Wright.

The 49-year-old former Minneapolis officer testified that she never deployed her taser in her 26-year career and that she mistook her gun for a taser.

Potter also described how there was a struggle between her fellow officers, Sgt. Mychal Johnson, officer trainee Anthony Luckey,and Wright, prior to the shooting.

Wright was reportedly stopped after Luckey noticed an expired registration and an air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Potter was arrested three days after the shooting in April 2021 and released on $100k bond.

Read our Kim Potter live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    Who is Kim Potter?

    The Brooklyn Center Police officer who allegedly shot Daunte Wright while trying to use a taser was identified as Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force.

    Potter, 49, was placed on administrative duty following the shooting.

    On April 13, 2021, Potter resigned from her position – two days after the shooting.

    She had served as a police officer for 26 years.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Katie Bryant's testimony, continued

    She said she arrived shortly after and saw her son was covered by a white sheet but recognized him because of his tennis shoes.

    "I wanted to comfort my baby," she said to the courtroom.

    "I wanted to hold him. I wanted to protect him, because that's what mothers do."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Katie Bryant's testimony

    Daunte Wright's mother, Katie Bryant, testified that she was on a video call and claims she saw her lifeless son's body in the driver's seat.

    Bryant said she was on the phone with her son when they lost connection and when she called back, the woman in the passenger's seat answered and yelled, "They shot him!" before turning the phone toward Wright.

    "And my son was laying there," Bryant said. "He was unresponsive and he looked dead."

  • Jennifer Korn

    What does the newly released footage show? continued

    In the second, newly released video, Potter appears to be hyperventilating as she said, "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God."

    Police Officer Anthony Luckey can be heard saying, "Just breathe," to which Potter responded, "I'm going to prison."

    Luckey said, "No, you're not."

    Her partner, Sgt. Mychal Johnson said, "Kim, that guy was trying to take off with me in the car!"

  • Jennifer Korn

    What does the newly released footage show?

    Never before seen footage was shown on the first day of the Kimberly Wright trial on December 9.

    The footage shows an allegedly distressed Kimberly Potter collapsing to the ground after she fatally shot and killed Daunte Wright.

    In one video, Potter is heard saying, "Oh, s***. I shot him. I grabbed the wrong f****** gun."

  • Jennifer Korn

    What did Daunte Wright's mother say? continued

    She told reporters, "All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car."

    "He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him."

    "He got back in the car and drove away and crashed and now he was dead on the ground since 1.47."

    "Nobody will tell us anything and nobody will talk to her."

    "I asked them to please take my son off the ground — he’s been there since 1.47 this afternoon."

  • Jennifer Korn

    What did Daunte Wright's mother say?

    Not long after Daunte Wright was killed, his mother, Katie Bryant, told a crowd he called her to say he had been pulled over by police because of an air freshener that was dangling from his rearview mirror.

    She said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then one of the officers ended the call. 

    Soon after, her son's girlfriend told her he had been shot.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who was Daunte Wright?

    Daunte Wright was 20 years old at the time of his death and was a father to his 1-year-old son, Daunte Jr.

    He was killed by Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter in Minnesota shortly before 2pm on April 11, 2021, during a routine traffic stop.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Shooting happened just miles from George Floyd killing

    Daunte Wright was shot just ten miles from where George Floyd was killed last summer, leading to an outpouring of anger from the community.

    Floyd's killing sparked months of protests in the United States against racism and police brutality and attracted international outrage.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Why was Daunte Wright pulled over?

    Wright was reportedly stopped after officer Anthony Luckey noticed an expired registration and an air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror.

    There was an alleged struggle between several officers and Wright before Kim Potter shot him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Potter testified she never shot her gun

    The former police officer testified in her trial that in her 26-year-long police career, she never shot her firearm.

    Potter also said that she never fired her taser.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Testimony concludes Friday

    Testimony in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter has concluded today, and closing arguments are expected to begin Monday.

    There were eight days of testimony, and the jury heard from 33 witnesses in the case.

    Jury instructions are also expected to be given on Monday.

    The judge in this trial ordered that the jury be sequestered during deliberations.

  • Jennifer Korn

    When did Potter join the Minneapolis police force?

    Kim Potter joined the police force in Minnesota in 1995 at the age of 22.

    She also reportedly served on the negotiation team during her tenure at the department.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Does Kim Potter have children?

    The former police officer has two adult sons with husband Jeff Porter.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Is Kim Potter married?

    It has been reported that Kim Potter is married to Jeff Potter.

    Jeff is a retired officer who served from June 1990 to February 2017, and spent some of his years as a detective.

    Kim and Jeff Potter have two adult sons.

  • Jennifer Korn

    What did Kim Potter's resignation letter say?

    In a letter to Elliott and other officials, Potter wrote:

    "I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately," she wrote.

    "I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately."

  • Jennifer Korn

    How long could Kim Potter face in prison?

    The charges of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter against ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter carry a maximum of 10 and 15 years respectively.

    Potter was arrested and charged for fatally shooting Wright in April.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Is Kim Potter out on bail?

    After being arrested on a second-degree manslaughter charge, ex-police officer Kim Potter was released on bail on April 14, 2021.

    The Minnesota cop was released from Hennepin County jail after posting a $100,000 bond, according to jail records.

    She was taken into custody and charged that same morning.

    Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief, said that Potter "abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her Taser."

    Ali added that the former officer "must be held accountable."

  • Jennifer Korn

    'The worst day of my life'

    Daunte Wright's mother, Katie Wright, called April 11, 2021, the day her son was shot dead, the "worst day of my life" during a press conference two days later.

    The grieving mother described the phone call she received as he was pulled over and how after he was shot, the woman who was in the passenger seat video-called her.

    Answering that call, Katie Wright said she saw her son laying lifeless in the driver's seat.

    "I never imagined this was what was going to happen. I just thought that he was getting arrested," Wright said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Was Kim Potter fired after the shooting?

    Just two days after the shooting, Kim Potter resigned from her position on April 13, 2021.

    Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned from his position.

  • Jennifer Korn

    When did Kim Potter's trial begin?

    Opening statements in the trial of Kimberly Potter began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in the same courtroom where ex-cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, according to CNN.

    Potter has pleaded not guilty and faces a decade in prison at the minimum if convicted.

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