Call it déjà vu all over again.
Nearly one full month after the world saw killer Kyle Rittenhouse‘s acquittal following a perfectly times emotional outburst replete with “white tears” while testifying in his own defense, a former police officer trying to convince a Minnesota jury that killing a Black man was an honest mistake employed a similar strategy that she hopes will result in her own not guilty verdict.
Kim Potter, who was a veteran Brooklyn Center police officer when she shot and killed Daunte Wright after she purportedly mistook her Taser for a gun — a flimsy theory in which prosecutors have already poked several holes — took the stand on Friday during the second week of her manslaughter trial and at first appeared relatively stoic as her lawyer questioned her.
But when the topic turned to the fateful traffic stop on April 11 when she pulled over Wright for a minor offense, Potter’s countenance began to display an increasing amount of emotion that ultimately [d]evolved into a full-blown, wrinkled up crying face, complete with her reaching for tissue paper using it to covering her face bowed forward.
Potter kept up the crying face while sobbing and weeping through her testimony.
However, there was one glaring omission from Potter’s emotional testimony: While she was audibly sobbing and using tissue for her face, there weren’t actually any tears coming out of her eyes. Potter kept speaking through gasps, sobs and weeps while her lawyer lobbed softball questions at her.
But when it came time for cross-examination, Potter’s face reverted to the previous version that was absent of any apparent remorse. Instead, while the prosecution questioned her, Potter responded with curt, one-word answers in apparent resentment.
It wasn’t until the prosecution went to the video of the shooting that Potter showed any hint of emotion again. That was when she began sniffling while a distressed look came over her face while she spoke in hushed tones.
Again, not a single tear fell from either of her eyes, let alone both of them.
Who knows, maybe Potter is one of those rare cases of people who cry without actually, you know, crying.
But conventional wisdom suggests Potter was just the latest in a long line of white defendants — especially those accused of killing — who made an overt appeal to an overwhelmingly white jury that could sympathize with her plight.
But the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Not only did Potter refuse to even try to humanize Wright — she would only refer to him as “the driver” — but the prosecution got her to admit on several occasions that shooting Wright violated department protocol (the law says that a gross warrant, for which Wright was being arrested, doesn’t call for a pursuit) and never properly prepared her equipment. Even more, still shot photos from the traffic stop presented by the prosecution show Potter with her right hand on her gun as she approached the car. Tasers are kept on the left side of holsters.
Furthermore, the prosecution got Potter to admit that Wright never threatened her physically or verbally, facts that should have eliminated the option for using any force, let alone deploying a Taser.
Just as the prosecution’s cross-examination was heating up, Potter’s lawyer asked the judge for a recess, which was granted. Cross-examination will continue following a lunch break.
This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Rest In Peace: Daunte Wright Is Laid To Rest After Moving Funeral In Minneapolis
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"My son should be burying me," Daunte Wright's mother breaks down in tears at her son's funeral.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
"My son had a smile that was worth a million dollars. When he walked in the room, he lit up the room ... He was loved by so many. He's going to be so missed." pic.twitter.com/DFkV1t9xqU
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"I love my little brother to death," Daunte Wright's older brother Dallas speaks at his brother's funeral service.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
"He was the life of the party. Anyone knows, if you heard his laugh...it's contagious. I am going to miss this man so much because he was literally my best friend." pic.twitter.com/hOpLynBso4
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Crowd cheers in support as Daunte Wright's father struggles to find the words at his son's funeral: "Words can't even explain how I feel right now. That was my son." pic.twitter.com/JLSo85QByj— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
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.@TheRevAl hits Trump at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ’It’s a Bible of justice … I know y’all had a president that holds it upside down, but turn it right side up, 'cause if you turn it rightside up, and you get to the end of the book … God will take care of his children’ pic.twitter.com/TCctnxMC2N— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar gets emotional while speaking at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ‘When we think about what could possibly fill this hole Daunte left in the world, we come up empty. Instead, we come up with a much bigger hole where justice should be’ pic.twitter.com/KU1WnRXaBn— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Watch this artist paint a live tribute to Daunte Wright at the 20-year-old’s funeral, set to the music of trumpeter Keyon Harrold pic.twitter.com/7BjdyqgmWj— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Ben Crump at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ‘How did Officer Potter see Daunte Wright? But more importantly, how does America see our children? Because if she saw your child, Katie, like she saw her child, then I don’t think she would have even reached for a Taser, much less a gun’ pic.twitter.com/WETHPFxIS0— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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#DaunteWright funeral packed. It’s 12:30 and folks are still filing in. Gospel choir: “Before I’ll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave, and go on to my Lord and be free.” pic.twitter.com/of4IIJtiJI— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) April 22, 2021
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As Daunte Wright funeral gets underway in Minneapolis people continue to gather at the Brooklyn Center intersection where he died, the growing memorial includes a clenched fist statue like the one at George Floyd Square @wcco will update pic.twitter.com/IQbbfrpKTR— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) April 22, 2021
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