Majority White Jury Selected for Kim Potter’s Manslaughter Trial
In SummaryThe jury selected to deliberate the trial of the former officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright is 75% white.
The jury has been seated in the trial for former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, and most jurors are white.
Nine out of the 12 jurors selected for the trial are white, according to the Associated Press. One juror identified as Black and two as Asian. Both alternates selected for the trial are also white, and the jury is split evenly between men and women.
While the racial makeup is roughly in line with the demographics of Hennepin County, the jury is less diverse than the one that convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. The jury in that trial was split evenly with six white jurors and six jurors identifying as a person of color.
In April, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was pulled over by police. Potter, a police veteran with more than 25 years of experience, pulled out her gun during a scuffle, shooting Wright in the chest. She alleges she meant to grab her Taser instead.
During the jury selection process, potential jurors were asked about their views on police, protests and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Additionally, they responded to questionnaires similar to the ones used in the trial for Chauvin.
According to data from the United States Census Bureau, roughly 74% of people in Hennepin County are white, with only about 14% of the county’s population being people who are Black or African American.
Potter has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors must prove recklessness and culpable negligence.
If convicted, she faces more than seven years in prison for the first-degree manslaughter charge and four years for the second-degree manslaughter charge. Prosecutors say they will seek a longer sentence if she is convicted.
The defense and prosecution are set to meet with the judge Monday to finalize jury instructions and opening arguments are expected to begin this week.
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