Friday, January 21

American policewoman convicted of homicide of young black driver

(Belga) A US policewoman who killed a young African-American driver during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis in April was convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.

Kim Potter, 49, has always claimed to have believed she drew her electric Taser gun when she actually pulled out her service weapon and shot Daunte Wright, 20, who was resisting arrest in Brooklyn Center in the upstates. -United. The jury found her guilty of manslaughter after three days of deliberations in a court in Minneapolis, where this drama had reopened the wounds of the murder of George Floyd. The former policewoman, who pleaded not guilty, did not react on Thursday when the verdict was announced. She faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison in total and is expected to be determined in February. “Her remorse and regret for this incident is overwhelming,” her lawyer Paul Engh said after the verdict, asking the judge to release her on bail. “She is in no way a danger to the public,” he said. On April 11, 2021, the policewoman was on patrol with a colleague who had decided to check the driver of a white Buick who had committed a minor traffic violation. After realizing that he was the subject of an arrest warrant, they wanted to arrest him. The policewoman described the situation that day as “potentially dangerous”. Daunte Wright, who was unarmed, did not allow himself to be handcuffed and restarted his car to flee. Kim Potter then unsheathed his weapon, explaining then having believed to take hold of his electric pistol. “We were fighting to prevent him from running away and then it became chaos. I remember yelling ‘Taser, Taser, Taser’ and nothing is happening. And he (his colleague, Editor’s note) told me that I had shot him, “she told the stand Friday, before bursting into tears. His lawyer pleaded human error and the effect of stress because he said she was trying to protect his colleague. But for prosecutor Erin Eldridge, Daunte Wright died from the reckless handling of a weapon and the negligence of an officer who had 26 years of experience. In a statement sent to the American media, the family of the victim said Thursday “relieved” that “accounts have been made for this absurd death”. The day of Daunte Wright’s death “will remain a trauma for her family and a further example for America of why we desperately need to change policing practices,” wrote her relatives. (Belga)

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