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Jury selection begins in trial of ex-Minnesota officer who shot Daunte Wright

Jury selection begins in trial of ex-Minnesota officer who shot Daunte Wright

NATHAN LAYNE JURY selection began on Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of a white former Minnesota police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man whose April death sparked protests in a state already on edge over George Floyd's killing. Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop. Her lawyers…
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Black man killed by police in Minnesota was ‘amazing, loving kid’

Black man killed by police in Minnesota was ‘amazing, loving kid’

DAUNTE Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop on Sunday, was kind, liked basketball and had a tight-knit family, according to media interviews with his relatives. Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a "full and transparent investigation" into the death of Wright, who police say was shot when the officer mistakenly grabbed her pistol, rather than her Taser, after a routine traffic stop. Wright's mother, Katie Wright, told ABC News on Tuesday that her son was an "amazing, loving kid" who "had…
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Protests after police fatally shoot Black man in Minneapolis

Protests after police fatally shoot Black man in Minneapolis

NICHOLAS PFOSI and JONATHAN ALLEN PROTESTS erupted against police when an officer fatally shot a young Black man after stopping his vehicle for a traffic violation about 16 km from where George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis last May. As angry crowds swelled into the hundreds outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department building on Sunday night, officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets and lobbed flash bangs at protesters and let off clouds of chemical irritants. The man killed by police was identified by relatives and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as Daunte Wright, 20. Walz said in…
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After milestone police verdict, Minneapolis lays to rest another Black man

After milestone police verdict, Minneapolis lays to rest another Black man

NATHAN LAYNE TWO days after a Minneapolis jury found a white police officer guilty of murdering George Floyd, the city will lay to rest Daunte Wright, another Black man whose violent death has raised fresh concerns over the way police treat people of colour. The funeral for Wright, 20, who was shot by a white police officer in a Minneapolis suburb on April 11 after a routine traffic stop, will be attended by a number of high-profile civil rights activists as well as family and friends. The service is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CDT (1:00 p.m. ET) at…
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