Juror in Kim Potter trial speaks on how jury found ex-officer guilty in Daunte Wright’s death

A Minneapolis juror is speaking out about the trial of Kim Potter and how they ultimately found the former police officer guilty in the death of Daunte Wright.

Potter, a 26-year police veteran, was convicted Dec. 23 by a Hennepin County jury of first and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Wright on April 11 as Wright tried to get back into his car during an arrest.

Potter, who was with the Brooklyn Center Police Department at the time of the shooting, has said that she accidentally killed Wright when she grabbed her gun instead of her Taser.

“Initially for both counts we were predominantly ‘guilty,'” the unidentified juror told NBC affiliate KARE 11 of Minneapolis.

The juror asked to remain anonymous because of the amount of public animosity, the outlet reported.

“For Count 1, it was seven for guilty and the remainders were either ‘not guilty’ or didn’t know. Then for Count 2, eight said guilty, two said not guilty and two didn’t know,” according to the juror.

The juror said that they immediately believed Potter was guilty on both counts immediately after closing arguments. But when other jurors challenged them to look deeper at the law, the juror said they started to doubt their decision.

“The day that we asked the judge what would happen if we can’t reach a decision, we were evenly split on Manslaughter 1 at four guilty, four not guilty and four ‘I have no idea,'” the juror told the news station.

“And at that point we were just arguing semantics and kind of in circles. … Those last couple days were literally just focusing in on the language of the law.”

The juror also talked about how Potter seemed “very upset and apologetic” when she took the stand but noted that her experience as a police officer came into play.

“I don’t want to speak for all the jurors, but I think we believed she was a good person and even believed that she was a good cop,” the juror explained. “No one felt she was intentional in this. … We felt like she was a good person, we felt she made a mistake, and that a mistake does not absolve you from the fact she did commit a crime.”

A big turning point for the jury was when they had the opportunity to hold Potter’s gun and her Taser to feel the differences between them. The news station reported that the gun is about twice as heavy as a Taser and it’s unholstered and fired differently than a Taser is.

“The taser kind of feels like a mouse click whereas the trigger has some trigger draw weight. That was a key turning point,” the juror said.

The jury — one Black person, two Asian American people and nine white people — deliberated for more than 27 hours before arriving at both verdicts. They convicted Potter on the lesser charge on the morning of Dec. 21 and convicted her on the more serious charge on Dec. 23, according to the jurors’ verdict form.

Potter now faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when she’s sentenced on Feb. 18.