Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran, shot Mr. Wright with a 9mm handgun, saying ‘I’ll Tess Ye’
This is the first time the officer’s lawyers have explained how she plans to defend herself against the charges.
Attorneys Earl Gray and Paul Enagh listed four defenses they plan to use in court: “innocent mistake,” “innocent accident,” “his alleged use of a Taser was justified” and “lack of reason.” The court filing, which was dated Wednesday but became public Thursday, said lawyers could offer other defenses later as they reviewed the evidence and there should be additional or amended charges.
Ms Potter, who is white, drew a 9mm handgun issued by her department while arresting Mr Wright and said, “I will trouble you,” according to the criminal complaint. He eventually fired the weapon as 20-year-old Mr. Wright, whose mother is white and his father is black, clashed with officers inside his car, saying, “I shot him. According to the complaint, I made the wrong f– Grabbed the ing gun.
Officers told Mr Wright that he was being pulled over for an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror and expired tabs on his license plate, according to the complaint. Officers at the scene later determined they had an excellent warrant for felony weapons infringement.
The April 11 murder in a Minneapolis suburb occurred during the trial of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who was later found guilty of second-degree unintentional manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd. The Brooklyn center was shaken by several nights of protests and unrest. Ms Potter and the Brooklyn Center police chief resigned two days after the murder.
Neither Mr Gray nor a spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is trying the case, immediately responded to requests for comment.
According to court records, Ms Potter’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 30.
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