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Jury begins deliberati­ng cop’s case in Wright death


The suburban Minneapoli­s police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she shot and killed Black motorist Daunte Wright made a “blunder of epic proportion­s” and did not have “a license to kill,” a prosecutor told jurors on Monday shortly before they began deliberati­ng in her manslaught­er trial.

Kim Potter’s attorney Earl Gray, though, countered during closing arguments that the former Brooklyn Center officer made an honest mistake by pulling her handgun instead of her Taser and that shooting Wright wasn’t a crime.

“In the walk of life, nobody’s perfect. Everybody makes mistakes,” Gray said. “My gosh, a mistake is not a crime. It just isn’t in our freedom-loving country.”

The mostly white jury began deliberati­ng shortly before 1 p.m. Potter, 49, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaught­er in the April 11 shooting.

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge said during her summation that Wright’s death was “entirely preventabl­e. Totally avoidable.”

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