Chicago police Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith discussed the Kim Potter guilty verdict this past week and the negative impact it will have on police officers in the US.
Police officer Potter was found guilty of the manslaughter death of Daunte Wright on Thursday.
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Bodycam footage released in April of this year showed that Daunte Wright resisted arrest and fled the scene.
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Police were in the process of cuffing Wright when he broke free and jumped in his car.
Officer Kim Potter screamed, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before she discharged her weapon.
Wright crashed his car after he tried to flee the scene.
Sergeant Brantner Smith shared on the trial and verdict:
The jury heard all kinds of things about officer Kim Potter. But they learned almost nothing about Daunte Wright. They got to see a photo of him with his child. He’s a violent felon. He put a fellow black man in a vegitative state. He was known to carry a fire arm.
The warrant was for a weapons violation and it was Daunte Wright that created the chaos of that traffic stop that then concluded in officer Potter making a terrible mistake. But it was a mistake. And it’s the position of the national police association that the jury did not – they made the wrong decision. The prosecution did not prove the criminal elements. This was a terrible mistake.
Hat tip Ezequiel Doiny