Jurors in Minnesota cop’s trial deliberate 3rd day without verdict

The jury asked Judge Regina Chu Tuesday how to proceed if they can’t reach a verdict. Kim Potter is charged in the death of Black motorist Daunte Wright.

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In this screen grab from video, the prosecution, left, and the defense, right, rise as the jury enters the court as Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over court Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

In this screen grab from video, the prosecution, left, and the defense, right, rise as the jury enters the court as Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu presides over court Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter in the April 11, 2021, death of Daunte Wright, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

AP

MINNEAPOLIS — The jury at suburban Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial for the killing of Daunte Wright completed a third day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

The jury weighing the white former Brooklyn Center officer’s fate broke at about 6 p.m. It deliberated all day Tuesday and for about half a day Monday, and is due to resume on Thursday.

At the start of the trial, Judge Regina Chu told jurors they would have time off on Christmas Eve and over the Christmas weekend. She has not indicated that she would change that plan if deliberations were ongoing.

Unlike the first two days, the jurors had no questions for Judge Regina Chu on Wednesday. On Tuesday, they asked Chu what they should do if they couldn’t agree on verdicts, and Chu told them they should continue deliberating.

Potter, 49, is charged with two counts of manslaughter after shooting Wright on April 11 during a traffic stop after the 20-year-old pulled away from her and other officers who were trying to arrest him on an outstanding weapons possession warrant. Potter has said she meant to use her Taser on Wright instead of her gun.

Wright’s death set off angry demonstrations in Brooklyn Center. It happened as another white officer, Derek Chauvin, was standing trial in nearby Minneapolis for the killing of George Floyd.

Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writer Kathleen Foody in Chicago contributed to this story.

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