The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright on Sunday will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, according to The New York Times and several other reports. Pete Orput, the Washington County, Minnesota prosecutor, told The Times that a criminal complaint would be filed later Wednesday.
Kim Potter, who has since resigned from the police department in this Minneapolis suburb, shot Wright during a traffic stop, spurring three nights of protests. The department’s police chief, Tim Gannon, has claimed that Potter meant to fire her Taser; he has also resigned.
We’re now on a short break in testimony from Dr David Fowler, the forensic pathologist who’s a defense witness for Chauvin.
So far, Fowler has not said anything particularly bombshell. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, has called him to testify that Floyd’s heart problems caused his death. We knew this would happen, as Nelson’s strategy all along has been to say that Floyd’s underlying health conditions, as well as fentanyl and methamphetamine use, killed him, not Chauvin’s actions.Continue reading...