The Brooklyn Center Police officer, who was training with ex-cop Kimberly Potter on the day she shot and killed Daunte Wright, testified Wednesday that he never saw the victim reach for a gun or make any threatening moves against an officer. Officer Anthony Luckey was called as the state’s second witness; Wright’s mom also testified on Wednesday.
The testimony came on the opening day of Potter’s trial. The former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer is facing charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter for killing Wright, a Black man, after saying she mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of a Taser during a traffic stop. She resigned from the force after the shooting.
Officer Luckey testified that he was the one who decided to pull over Wright. During cross-examination, he testified that he had an “intuition” to pull him over because of “the behavior of the vehicle,” including that it had its right-blinker on while in a left turning lane, and the fact he was driving in a “high crime area” that is “known for a lot of shootings.”
Ex-Minnesota cop Kim Potter collapsed in tears after fatally shooting Daunte Wright during a botched traffic stop, police bodycam and dashcam video shown at the start of her manslaughter trial shows.
“Oh s–t! I just shot him,” Potter is heard yelling just moments after shooting the 20-year-old on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“I grabbed the wrong f—-ng gun! I shot him,” she tells other cops at the scene, then falls to the curb wailing uncontrollably, the footage shows. “Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. I’m going to prison.”
In April 2021, officers pulled Wright over and during the traffic stop discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant for a weapons charge. According to body camera footage of the stop, while trying to detain him, Wright breaks free and gets into his car. The word “Taser” is repeated before Wright is shot.