‘Good cop’ Kim Potter is not above the law in Daunte Wright’s murder: jury member

One of the jurors who convicted Minnesota officer Kim Potter of killing Daunte Wright says the jury felt she was a “good officer” who made a mistake when she drew her gun instead of a Taser – but that she is not above the law.

The juror spoke anonymously to KARE-TV on Wednesday a week after Potter, 49, was found guilty of manslaughter for fatally shooting the 20-year-old black man during a traffic stop in April.

“I do not want to speak on behalf of all the jurors, but I think we believed she was a good person and even believed she was a good cop,” the jurors said.

“No one felt she was conscious of this.

“Being a good person does not mean you are above the law. I do not think anyone felt she would kill anyone that day.”

The jury ended up considering for 27 hours over four days before handing down their guilty verdict.

Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter was convicted of manslaughter in the murder of Daunte Wright.
Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter was convicted of manslaughter in the murder of Daunte Wright.
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Potter, a 26-year-old veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, had claimed she intended to use her Taser on Wright – and was unaware that she had drawn and fired her gun.

She resigned two days after the shooting.

The jury said members of the jury did not feel Potter lied when she took a stand on her own defense during the trial.

Potter claimed she accidentally pulled her gun instead of her Taser while trying to arrest Wright.
Potter claimed she accidentally pulled her gun instead of her Taser while trying to arrest Wright.
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A jury in Potter's trial argued that the jury believed she did not intentionally kill Daunte Wright.
A jury in Potter’s trial argued that the jury believed she did not intentionally kill Daunte Wright.
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“I do not think any jurors felt that Kim Potter was a liar, but we got the feeling that she was fighting for her life by testifying, and we understood why she wanted to be that,” the jurors said.

The jury said they were surprised after the verdict was handed down that some people did not believe Potter’s tears were genuine.

“Just being in the courtroom felt very real and tangible to me. She seemed very upset and apologized, “the juries said.

Despite this, the jury generally believed that Potter should have known she kept her gun given her many years of experience.

Police body camera footage of Potter pointing his gun at Wright.
Police body camera footage of Potter pointing his gun at Wright.
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The anonymous jury member claimed the jury "believed she was a good human being and even believed she was a good cop."
The anonymous jury member claimed that the jury “thought she was a good person and even thought she was a good cop.”
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The juror said a turning point in the deliberations came after jurors had handled Potter’s gun and Taser to feel the difference.

“The rifle was about twice as heavy, and the two weapons had several differences in how un-holstered and fired,” juries said. “The taser feels a bit like a mouse click while it [gun’s] the trigger has a certain trigger draw weight. “

The jury added that the deliberations were sometimes heated – and that each member of the jury cried at one point.

With Post wires

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