MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – When Downte Wright was being taken away by police, he testified about the riot after police shot him on Thursday, saying he shouted at Wright, but he “didn’t answer me and he was just” breathing. “
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“I caught what was in the car. Is it a sweater, a towel or something … I don’t remember … and put it on your chest as you’ve seen in movies and TV shows, ”said Alayna Albrecht-Payton. “I didn’t know what to do.”
Albrecht-Payton answered Wright’s cell phone as his mother tried hard to re-establish contact with him before the shooting. Wright’s mother, Kathy Bryant, said in tears that she saw her son’s lifeless body for the first time through that video call on Wednesday.
“I aimed the camera at him,” Albrecht-Payton said. “And I’m so sorry I did that.”
Kim Potter, a 49-year-old former officer, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in Wright’s death on April 11 in downtown Brooklyn. The former white officer – who resigned two days after the shooting – said he tried to use his Taser after trying to drive 20-year-old Wright out of the parking lot, but the officers tried to arrest him. rdi, but he caught. pistol instead.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors are prosecuting a Minneapolis police officer who killed a black motorist, Downte Wright, by repeatedly showing body camera footage of the deadly shooting and calling the officer “Taser!” He heard her scream. and then “Oh my God!” fell to the cries of. after he fired his pistol instead.
Using their opening statement on Wednesday, they described Kim Potter as an honorary police officer who had been trained several times to use the Taser, including warnings of such catastrophic interference.
Potter’s lawyer objected to his mistake: “Police officers are human.” And he blamed Wright, saying that all the 20-year-old had to do that day was surrender.
Potter, 49, killed an unarmed Wright on April 11 during a stop in downtown Brooklyn. The white officer resigned two days later. He is accused of murder.
Members of the jury saw a video of officers’ body cameras and a dashboard of a police car showing Potter threatening to shoot Wright with a Taser, while another officer tried to get him out of his car. After Potter shot him with a gun, he said, “I shot him. … I caught the wrong weapon!
A car accident is heard after Wright is driven away, and defender Paul Engh says Potter has never fired a gun or a Taser during his 26 years in office – after which he is heard uncontrollably crying: “Oh my God. Oh God!” before it wrinkles.
Wright’s mother, Kathy Bryant, testified that she saw her son lying in his car after he was shot. He said he had previously tried to contact her via video call after the phone call was lost, and a woman – who may have been Wright’s passenger – replied: “They shot her. threw! ” and put the phone in the driver’s seat.
“And my son was lying there. He didn’t answer and looked dead,” Bryant said with tears in his eyes.
Last week, a mostly white jury was seated, which sparked angry protests in front of the Brooklyn Central Police Department last spring, just as former Minneapolis officer Derek Shovin was charged with 10 counts of killing George Floyd ( 16 kilometers) while being tried at a distance.
Engh told the jury that Potter made the mistake of grabbing the wrong weapon and that he and other officers shot him after he tried to drive Wright away while trying to arrest him.
The charges do not require proof that Potter intended to kill Wright, and prosecutor Erin Eldridge said so for the jury.
But Engh also told the jury that Potter would be right to shoot Wright even if he consciously chose to draw his pistol, and that a destructive force was guaranteed to protect his colleagues. He said police have reason to believe Wright may have a gun, and that one of the officers reached Wright’s car and risked being dragged if Wright drove away.
In his opening statement, Eldridge told the jury that Potter had violated his extensive training, including the risk of firing the wrong weapon, and “betrayed a 20-year-old boy.”
“He’s been trained for years to prevent exactly that,” Eldridge said. “But on April 11, he betrayed his target and defeated Downte Wright.”
When Potter, who said he would testify in court, trained a new officer, they pulled Wright for having license plate tags and air fresheners hanging in the rearview mirror.
Officer Potter that day, Anthony Luke, who was training, said he smelled marijuana during a stop and saw marijuana remnants on the car console. He also said that Wright did not have a license and provided an expired insurance certificate in the name of another person.
After ordering Wright’s arrest on gun charges and finding that there was a precautionary measure against Wright, Luke handcuffed Wright and said he wanted to check on the woman’s well-being in the car, and he asked Wright to leave.
But when Luke tried to handcuff him, Wright got out of the officer’s arms and sat back in the car. Lucky said he heard gunshots and reached for the car and then jumped back and saw Wright drive the car before it flew away.
Prosecutors say Potter underwent extensive training and that he included a clear warning not to confuse the pistol with Taser, as well as telling officers to “remove Taser and firearms to avoid such confusion.” ‘to study the difference between’.
Eldridge told the jury that officers should carry their Tasers on the dominant side and firearms on the dominant side. Potter carried his weapon on his right and Taser on his left, where he was in a “straight draw” position to shoot with his left hand.
“The only weapon he pulls with his right hand is not Taser, but his weapon,” Eldridge said.
The most serious charges against Potter require prosecutors to prove negligence, while the lesser ones require them to prove negligence. Minnesota sentencing guidelines require a little more than seven years for first-degree murder and four years in prison for second-degree murder. Prosecutors said they would demand a longer sentence.
Gov. Tim Walsh said Wednesday after the verdict in the case that he is preparing the National Guard to help provide security if needed.
Associated Press writer Tammy Webber contributed from Fenton, Michigan.