Elie Mystal: Kim Potter Two-Year Sentence Shows ‘Country Hates Black People’

Elie Mystal: Kim Potter Two-Year Sentence Shows ‘Country Hates Black People’

MSNBC regular and The Nation’s justice correspondent Elie Mystal said Friday on “The ReidOut” that former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter being sentenced to two years for the Daunte Wright’s manslaughter conviction showed that America hates black people.

Addressing host Joy Reid, Mystal said, “Joy, this country hates us. This country hates black people, and we know it. We talk about it. We joke about it. We know what we’re up against. But sometimes that hatred that this country has for us really comes out and just takes your breath away, just grabs you by the neck and takes your breath away.”

He added, “Today, Judge Regina Chu was that hatred, that icy hate around our throat. She was the spit in our face today. To have the unmitigated gall to sit up there in her courtroom and plead, cry out for sympathy for the killer in front of that boy’s mother. I don’t have words to describe how offensive that is, how hurtful that is. How unjust that is almost goes without saying. People are like. ‘Oh, she made a mistake, Potter made a mistake.’ Yeah, we have a sentencing guideline for this mistake. It’s called six to eight years. Why did she get two years? Somebody needs to answer me why she got two years. Of course, we all know why she got two years because she was a crying white woman. That’s why she got two years and not the six to eight years that her crime cried out for.”

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Former Minnesota Police Officer Kim Potter Found Guilty in Death of Daunte Wright

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors on Thursday convicted a suburban Minneapolis police officer of two manslaughter charges in the killing of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist she shot during a traffic stop after she said she confused her gun for her Taser.

The mostly white jury deliberated for about four days before finding former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter guilty of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter. Potter, 49, faces about seven years in prison on the most serious count under the state’s sentencing guidelines, but prosecutors said they would seek a longer term.

Potter, who testified that she “didn’t want to hurt anybody,” looked down without showing any visible reaction when the verdicts were read.

Potter, who is white, shot and killed the 20-year-old Wright during an April 11 traffic stop in Brooklyn Center as she and other officers were trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for a weapons possession charge. The shooting happened at a time of high tension in the area, with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin standing trial just miles away for the killing of George Floyd. Potter resigned two days later.

Jurors saw video of the shooting that was captured by police body cameras and dashcams. It showed Potter and an officer she was training, Anthony Luckey, pull over Wright for having expired license plate tags and an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror. During the stop, Luckey discovered there was a warrant for Wright’s arrest for not appearing in court on the weapons possession charge, and he, Potter and another officer went to take Wright into custody.

Wright obeyed Luckey’s order to get out of his car, but as Luckey tried to handcuff him, Wright pulled away and got back in. As Luckey held onto Wright, Potter said “I’ll tase ya.” The video then shows Potter holding her gun in her right hand and pointing it at Wright. Again, Potter said, “I’ll tase you,” and then two seconds later: “Taser, Taser, Taser.” One second later, she fired a single bullet into Wright’s chest.

“(Expletive)! I just shot him. … I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun,” Potter said. A minute later, she said: “I’m going to go to prison.”

In sometimes tearful testimony, Potter told jurors that she was “sorry it happened.” She said the traffic stop “just went chaotic” and that she shouted her warning about the Taser after she saw a look of fear on the face of Sgt. Mychal Johnson, who was leaning into the passenger-side door of Wright’s car. She also told jurors that she doesn’t remember what she said or everything that happened after the shooting, as much of her memory of those moments “is missing.”

Potter’s lawyers argued that she made a mistake by drawing her gun instead of her Taser. But they also said she would have been justified in using deadly force if she had meant to because Johnson was at risk of being dragged.

Prosecutors sought to raise doubts about Potter’s testimony that she decided to act after seeing fear on Johnson’s face. Prosecutor Erin Eldridge, in cross-examination, pointed out that in an interview with a defense expert Potter said she didn’t know why she decided to draw her Taser. During her closing argument, Eldridge also replayed Potter’s body-camera video that she said never gave a clear view of Johnson’s face during the key moments.

Eldridge also downplayed testimony from some other officers who described Potter as a good person or said they saw nothing wrong in her actions: “The defendant has found herself in trouble and her police family has her back.”

Prosecutors also got Potter to agree that she didn’t plan to use deadly force. They said Potter, an experienced officer with extensive training in Taser use and use of deadly force, acted recklessly and betrayed the badge.

For first-degree manslaughter, prosecutors had to prove that Potter caused Wright’s death while committing a misdemeanor — in this case, the “reckless handling or use of a firearm so as to endanger the safety of another with such force and violence that death or great bodily harm to any person was reasonably foreseeable.”

The second-degree manslaughter charge required prosecutors to prove that Potter caused Wright’s death “by her culpable negligence,” meaning she “caused an unreasonable risk and consciously took a chance of causing death or great bodily harm” to Wright while using or possessing a firearm.

Under Minnesota law, defendants are sentenced only on the most serious conviction if multiple counts involve the same act and the same victim. Prosecutors had said they would seek to prove aggravating factors that merit what’s called an upward departure from sentencing guidelines. In Potter’s case, they alleged that her actions were a danger to others, including her fellow officers, to Wright’s passenger and to the couple whose car was struck by Wright’s after the shooting. They also alleged she abused her authority as a police officer.

The maximum for 1st-degree manslaughter is 15 years.

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Charles Hurt: Democrat Squad Exploits Human Tragedy for Personal and Political Gain

Charles Hurt: Democrat Squad Exploits Human Tragedy for Personal and Political Gain

Not to be outdone, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York had to get in on the shameless exploitation of Black voters.

“Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected ‘accident’ — it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets” and blah, blah, blah, blah.

Again, serious charges from someone who seems to have some kind of inside knowledge. How much blood is on her hands? Or is this just another one of her crazy conspiracy theories for which there is absolutely zero evidence?

Anyway, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, “impunity for state violence”? What part of “impunity” includes charging Officer Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force, with manslaughter?

What part of “impunity” includes charging Derek Chauvin with murder in the death of George Floyd, whose autopsy found enough fentanyl in his system to kill him three times over?

This is not “impunity,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. This would be the exact opposite of “impunity.” Look it up in the dictionary.

Perhaps her shaky grasp of English is no better than her poor grasp of Spanish, which led her to claim that border agents in the Trump administration were forcing migrants from Mexico to drink out of toilets.

Whatever.

When it comes to exploiting Black voters and tossing Molotov cocktails in family neighborhoods these political parasites are forever in a race to the bottom.

“Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” claimed Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, apparently desperate for a piece of the limelight in Daunte Wright’s death.

“I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”

We spend a lot of time these days talking about “bad” cops. Sometimes it is all we talk about. As we watch our cities burn and people’s stores get looted.

Every bit of the burning and looting is fueled by the crazed and unfounded claims made by these politicians in Washington. Last summer, our current vice president actually raised money to spring looting rioters from prison so that they could get back out onto the streets for more looting and rioting.

There is no doubt that Officer Potter made a grievous error when she grabbed her service pistol instead of her Taser when she attempted to subdue Mr. Wright as he resisted arrest and struggled to flee. She will pay a terrible price for that mistake.

But there were a great many mistakes that led to that tragic moment when Officer Potter shot Mr. Wright, not the least of which was his previous arrest for attempted armed robbery.

Blame for all those earlier mistakes does not lie with Officer Potter. She was simply enforcing the laws made by other people — lawmakers such as Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.

Far more blame for the whole sad situation lies with the very people who now view the tragedy and immediately exploit it for further personal political gain.

• Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times. He can be reached at churt@washingtontimes.com.

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Police Officer Kim Potter Arrested over Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright

Police Officer Kim Potter Arrested over Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright

Former Brooklyn Center Police Department officer Kim Potter was arrested Wednesday and will be charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting death of Daunte Wright, according to developing reports

This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 

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Black City Manager Fired For Saying Officer Who Shot Duante Wright Deserves ‘Due Process’

Black City Manager Fired For Saying Officer Who Shot Duante Wright Deserves ‘Due Process’

Former City Manager Curt Boganey of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which borders Minneapolis, was let go on Monday after he publicly stated that the police officer who fatally shot Duante Wright should receive “due process” and a full investigation instead of being fired immediately.

“Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward. I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government,” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott wrote on Twitter after all but one of the City Council members voted to oust Boganey. One councilwoman, Kris Lawrence-Anderson, said she “didn’t want repercussions at a personal level” if she voted to keep Boganey.

Elliott announced Boganey’s dismissal after the city manager refused to comply with the mayor’s public plea for police officer Kim Potter to be fired after she reportedly fired her gun instead of using her taser on Wright during a traffic stop.

“Let me be very clear — my position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people and in our profession,” Elliott said during a Monday press conference. “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”

Boganey, who is black, served as the city manager for more than 15 years where he had the authority to make personnel decisions regarding the city’s police department. One day after he was fired, Potter and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer who said Potter shot Wright on accident, both resigned.

“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter wrote in her resignation letter after she was placed on administrative leave.

Since Wright’s death on Sunday, hundreds of people in the Minneapolis suburb took to the streets to wreak havoc on the city with rioting and looting. On Tuesday night, local news reported that more than 60 people were arrested for “riot and other criminal behaviors.” Officers near the Brooklyn Center police station reportedly used pepper spray and other munitions to fend off rioters who threw objects at the police and yelled about justice for Wright.

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Brooklyn Center Cop, Police Chief Resign After Fatal Shooting

Brooklyn Center Cop, Police Chief Resign After Fatal Shooting

The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota officer who fatally shot Duante Wright, a 22-year-old black male, on Sunday announced her resignation in a letter on Tuesday.

Kim Potter, the 48-year-old officer who served in the department for 26 years, was previously placed on administrative leave after she reportedly shot Wright on accident, instead of using her taser. Officers originally pulled over Wright during a traffic stop but when they attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant, he drove away and crashed into another vehicle.

“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter wrote in her resignation.

According to the Associated Press, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said he was “appreciative that Potter submitted her resignation but that he had not asked for it nor accepted it.”

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer who claimed that Potter shot Wright on accident, also resigned on Tuesday. His resignation follows a charged press conference where he sparred with reporters who tried to stop him from calling the destruction and violence outside of Minneapolis on Sunday a riot.

In response to Wright’s death, people in Minneapolis took to the streets wreaking havoc on the city with rioting and looting. On Sunday, mere hours after Wright was shot, the Minnesota National Guard arrived in the Minneapolis suburb to assist law enforcement with controlling agitated Black Lives Matter crowds who were attacking police cars, scuffling with officers in riot gear, and throwing various objects at police while threatening to keep the rioting going “all summer like it did last time.”

Other rioters covered the Brooklyn Center police department building with graffiti and Wright’s name prompting law enforcement to deploy “tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd.”

YouTuber and former Tucson Police Officer Brandon Tatum said he believes the shooting was an “honest mistake in a heated situation caused by Mr. Wright,” but that Potter should lose her job because she “doesn’t have the temperament.”

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