Former police officer convicted on 2 counts in connection with Daunte Wright’s death

A former Minnesota police officer was convicted this week in connection with a fatal shooting during a traffic stop last year.

According to NBC News, Kim Potter has been found guilty of two manslaughter charges related to the death of Daunte Wright.

“Whether the law itself is wrong”

Body-worn cameras revealed the officer threatening to use a stun gun but instead grabbing her service weapon and opening fire.

Potter could be heard uttering expletives and declaring that she “just shot him,” later acknowledging that she could be sent to prison over what she later described as a mistake. Wright was initially pulled over for expired vehicle registration, reports noted.

A jury in the case returned a guilty verdict on Thursday and prosecutors indicated that they would push for the maximum allowable sentence — 15 years behind bars.

While plenty of Americans celebrated the conviction, some experts found the verdict unsettling. Constitutional law professor Johnathan Turley, for example, suggested that applicable state laws are unclear.

“The question is not whether the jury got the law right but whether the law itself is wrong in its vague criteria,” he wrote in a recent Fox News opinion piece.

“Potter made a terrible and fatal mistake”

While Turley acknowledged that “Potter made a terrible and fatal mistake,” he asserted that it was by all accounts unintentional.

Not only was the officer seen “collapsing at the scene, sobbing that she killed Wright by mistake,” but “prosecutors did not question that she thought she was grabbing her taser,” he argued.

Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro also weighed in, confirming this week that she “was stunned at the verdict” and echoing Turley’s assessment that the officer “clearly didn’t intend to cause any harm to Daunte Wright.”

Nevertheless, she cited the existing Minnesota law under which Potter was convicted, explaining: “We know what the law is, and the law talks about recklessness and culpable negligence. She was negligent. There’s no question about it.”

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz summed up his opposition to the verdict in an op-ed, writing that Potter “is not a criminal” and “did not commit a crime,” thus “justice and the rule of law require that she be set free.”

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