- Body-worn camera footage captured Kim Potter’s response after she shot Daunte Wright in April.
- “Oh shit, I shot him.” Potter can be heard saying. “I grabbed the wrong fucking gun.”
- The former officer faces first and second-degree manslaughter charges.
Body-worn camera footage played in court during the first day of the Kimberly Potter trial shows the former Brooklyn Center officer collapsing on the ground after fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright in April 2020.
Opening statements took place Wednesday in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, where Potter, who is white, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter for the shooting of Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop earlier this year.
Officers initially pulled Wright over for an expired registration tag on his car, but attempted to detain him after discovering an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge, according to authorities.
Potter has pleaded not guilty to both charges, arguing that she accidentally deployed her gun instead of her Taser, which was holstered on the other side of her body. Her defense argued Wednesday that Potter attempted to tase Wright because he was “trying to kill her partner,” Sgt. Mychal Johnson.
But Brooklyn Center officer Anthony Luckey, whom Potter was training at the time of the shooting and was at the scene, contradicted the defense’s approach, testifying that Wright gave police no reason to believe he had a gun and did not threaten responding officers.
While questioning Luckey on Wednesday, the prosecution played never-before-seen body-worn camera footage from the moments immediately following the shooting.
“Oh shit, I shot him.” Potter can be heard saying in footage from her camera. “I grabbed the wrong fucking gun.”
A separate video taken from Luckey’s body-worn camera shows Potter falling to the ground.
“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” Potter can be heard saying as she hyperventilates.
The officer kept her face buried in the curbside grass for several minutes following the shooting, the video shows.
“Just breathe,” Luckey said.
“I’m going to prison,” Potter responded.
“No, you’re not,” Luckey said.
“Kim, that guy was trying to take off with me in the car!” Johnson can be heard saying in the video.
The footage showed both Luckey and Johnson reaching down to Potter as she laid on the curb.
Following Luckey’s testimony, the court wrapped for the day. The case, in which Potter is expected to testify, will resume Thursday morning.