Body Camera Footage Shows Cop Accused Of Killing Daunte Wright Break Down After Shooting: 'I'm Going To Prison'
The ex-cop fatally shot Daunte Wright in April during a routine traffic stop.
December 10, 2021 at 12:29 am
As the Kim Potter trial begins for the killing of Daunte Wright, body camera footage introduced in court reveals the officer dropped to the ground after she fatally shot the 20-year-old Black father in April.
According to Insider, Potter appeared in court at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday for opening statements. As Blavity previously reported, Potter is facing charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter.
Opening statements in the Kim Potter Manslaughter trial begin today.
Potter is the former cop that accidentally on purpose shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.
Remember when she thought her gun was her taser? pic.twitter.com/TZZw95Xm5E
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Officers pulled over Wright due to an expired registration tag on his car. Upon looking up his information, they attempted to take him in for an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge.
Potter pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing that she didn't try to shoot him on purpose. Her legal team argued that she wanted to pull out her Taser on Wright because he was "trying to kill her partner," Sgt. Mychal Johnson.
A Brooklyn Center officer, Anthony Luckey, who was training under Potter at the time of the shooting, vocally disagreed with the defense's argument, saying that Wright didn't give police any reason to believe he was holding a weapon, nor did he threaten any of the officers present. Luckey's body camera footage caught the ordeal, highlighting Potter's collapse, which took place just after the shooting.
"Oh, s**t. I shot him," Potter was heard saying in the video. "I grabbed the wrong f**king gun."
"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God," she said.
"Just breathe," Luckey responded.
"I'm going to prison," Potter said.
"No, you're not," Luckey said.
"Kim, that guy was trying to take off with me in the car!" Johnson can be heard saying.
The jury heard testimony from Wright's girlfriend, Alayna Albrecht-Payton, USA Today reports. Albrecht-Payton, who was in the car with Wright at the time of his death, told the jury about the lengths she went to desperately attempt to save her boyfriend's life.
"I tried to scream his name. 'Daunte, please say something please. Just talk to me.' I know he tried. I know he wanted to because I replay that image in my head daily," she said. "I just remember trying to just get him up. I was the only one out of everybody there who was trying to help him. I was trying to push on his chest and call his name. And he wasn’t answering me."
"I took my belt off and I grabbed whatever was in the car. I don’t remember if it was a sweater or a towel or blanket… I just grabbed whatever it was and put it on his chest like you know you see in the movies and TV shows," she said. "I didn’t know what to do."