Jury selection begins tomorrow (Tues) in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright. The defense contends Potter mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop — but Hamline University legal analyst David Schultz says whether Potter made a “honest mistake” doesn’t really have legal bearing:
“For example, I take out a gun that I think is empty… and shoot you, thinking it’s supposed to be empty but it has a bullet in it, and I still kill you and I say, it was just a mistake…. Honest mistake doesn’t get me off.”
Schultz says the prosecution will have to show that Potter acted negligently or recklessly in causing Wright’s death.