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Kim Potter trial: Former Minnesota cop ‘managed’ gun holster before fatally shooting Daunte Wright to make it ‘easier’ to draw gun, trial

Before Minnesota Cop Kim Potter adjusted her gun holster, which made her gun drawing “more efficient”, before fatally shooting the 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright, the court was notified on Monday of the second week of her trial.

Brent Peterson, an agent with the Minnesota Criminal Investigation Bureau (BCA), noted that Ms Potter had adjusted her holster before approaching Wright’s car.

“It will make drawing guns easier, more efficient,” Mr. Peterson testified.

Mr Petersen was shown a composite video that synchronized body-worn camera footage of Miss Potter, former sergeant Mychal Johnson, and footage from the team vehicle.

Noting a “handle” of the holster, the rep cited his own example of how he would sometimes unlatch the first level of protection to make drawing the gun easier.

Sam McGinnis, a BAC special agent, also testified on Monday that he had collected evidence from Ms Potter after the shooting.

Mr. McGinnis said that, in Miss Potter’s mission belt, the holster is on the right side of the pack while the Taser is on the left. Both were pulled out after retrieving the safety mechanism on the holster, he added.

He told the court it was Brooklyn Central Police department policy that required all officers to perform a “spark test” of their duties prior to their shift daily to confirm operation. movements of those devices.

Mr McGinnis said he checked Ms Potter’s employment record and performed electronic checks on her work to confirm when the functional tests were last performed. According to the audit, he said, “Officer Potter conducted functional tests, or spark tests, on her assignment six out of 10 shifts”.

“The color of the gun is yellow, the stock is black. The mission man has a stocky build compared to the Glock pistol. The Taser’s stock is shorter and wider than the Glock’s,” said Mr. McGinnis, explaining the difference between the Taser and the Glock pistol.

Miss Potter, 49 years old, charged with first and second degree manslaughter for killing Mr. Wright on April 11 of this year. The 26-year veteran cop pleaded not guilty to both counts.

The former officer testified that she mistook her gun for a commando gun when she shot Mr Wright after pulling him into a traffic stop because of an expired license plate tag and an air freshener hanging from the roof. rearview mirror of his car.

The shooting took place at a time when another Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin on trial for the murder of another black man George Floyd only 10 miles away. Chauvin was found guilty of murder.

Full-body camera footage shows Miss Potter shouting “Taser! Electric gun! Tasers!” before shooting Mr. Wright in the chest.Soon, Miss Potter can be seen saying: “S***! I shot him!”

She was later seen lying face down on the grass by the roadside and crying.

Miss Potter has been seen wipe away tears when the court was shown footage of her reaction to the shooting.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/kim-potter-gun-daunte-wright-shooting-b1975559.html Kim Potter trial: Former Minnesota cop ‘managed’ gun holster before fatally shooting Daunte Wright to make it ‘easier’ to draw gun, trial

JACLYN DIAZ

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