Kim Potter Trial: Date Moved Up, Cameras Not Allowed in Court

By: Alyssa Wilson

The trial for the former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright in Minnesota has been moved up.  

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According to WCCO, the trial is now set for November 30. On Thursday, a judge ruled that the trial would not be live streamed. Both parties in a trial must consent to audio and video coverage based on Minnesota state law.  

State prosecutors were relying on the precedent set by Judge Peter Cahill in the Chauvin trial that allowed it to be televised, which was the first time cameras were allowed in the courtroom for a Minnesota criminal trial. 

RELATED: Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright Jr. Seeking to Block Cameras From Trial  

In July, Potter’s defense team filed a motion opposing public coverage of the trial. They alleged allowing cameras in the courtroom could threaten her safety, citing a use-of-force expert in the Chauvin trial whose home was vandalized after testifying. 

Potter shot Wright in Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop on April 11, while the Chauvin trial was being conducted a few miles away at the Hennepin County Courthouse. The former officer alleges she meant to grab her taser but grabbed her gun instead, shooting the 20-year-old in the chest. After the shooting, she and former Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned from duty. She was later arrested and charged for second-degree manslaughter.  

RELATED: Former Officer Kim Potter Arrested, Will be Charged Over Daunte Wright Death 

Wright, a young father, was laid to rest in Minnesota on April 21. The National Action Network paid for the funeral and Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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