- The Kim Potter Trial / Police Shooting Trial of Daunte Wright is ongoing
- Former officer Kim Potter is on trial for manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright
- Katie Bryant, the victim’s mother, testified that Daunte seemed “nervous”
Prosecutors called Wright’s mother, Katie Bryant, as their first witness on Wednesday. Bryant recalled how her son left her house with his girlfriend on the morning of April 11, after asking for $50 to get gas and go through a car wash.
It is through pain and tears that Katie Bryant, the mother of Daunte Wright gave her testimony on Wednesday about the last moments before her son was fatally shot my a police officer.
She recounted how it all happened. Daunte was pulled over by the police. He talked to his mother about the insurance the officer requested. The communication was done through Facebook messenger said Bryant. Wright did not have pone service at the time.
Bryant told her son to give the phone to the officer when he comes back so she could explain that the car is insured but not yet added onto the insurance, she continued.
When asked, she said her son “seemed nervous”. He asked her if “he was in trouble” and she reassured him that he wasn’t since he didn’t do anything wrong.
She could her in the voice messages that, Wright was asked to “hang up the phone”, she said. She could hear thar the phone had been “put down on the dash” or “dropped”. She heard Daunte replying “I’m not” to the officer saying “don’t run”. Then there was nothing.
She called her son’s phone still using Facebook messenger but there was no answer. She called for “what seemed 100 times but it was probably only 5”, she added.
She finally decided to video Face Time him. When the call was answered, “it was a female”, said she.
She was screaming and told Bryant “they shot him”, she then flipped the camera for his mother to see, and she saw her son lying there “irresponsive”, she added before crying.
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Potter and her partner initially pulled Wright over because of an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror, before determining that his license plate was expired and that he had a warrant out for his arrest.
Police body camera footage shows that as Wright then tried to drive his vehicle away, Potter shot Wright in the chest while shouting, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” The ex-police officer has claimed that she accidentally grabbed her gun instead of her Taser, which was holstered on the opposite side of her body, when she shot Wright.
Potter has pleaded not guilty to both charges, and her trial kicked off with opening statements on Wednesday.