EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?
December 12, 2021
At former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter's manslaughter trial for fatally shooting Daunte Wright, a Black motorist, the core of her defense is clear: She says she meant to use her Taser but grabbed her handgun instead.
Potter's body-camera video recorded the shooting, with Potter heard saying, "Taser, Taser, Taser" before she fired, followed by, "I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun."
Many activists have refused to accept the former Brooklyn Center officer's explanation. And the prosecution argued in its opening statement that Potter — a 26-year police veteran — had the experience a...