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Ex-Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Lays Out Possible Defense

This booking photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff shows Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who is charged Wednesday, April 14, 2021, with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright in a shooting that ignited days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police. (Hennepin County Sheriff via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former suburban Minneapolis police officer who has said she meant to use a Taser instead of a handgun when she shot and killed Daunte Wright in April is laying out her potential defenses.

Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter’s trial is set to start Nov. 30. Attorneys for Potter said in documents made public Thursday that they may argue that Wright’s death was an innocent accident or an innocent mistake. They also may argue that Potter’s perceived use of a Taser was reasonable.

Potter is white and Wright was Black. She fatally shot the 20-year-old during a traffic stop. The defense is also asking that the first-degree and second-degree manslaughter charges be dismissed.

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