The ex-Minnesota cop charged in the shooting death of Daunte Wright wants to ban news cameras at her upcoming manslaughter trial.
Lawyers for former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter said in court papers this week that livestreaming her trial presents new safety concerns for the onetime cop, who is already the target of protests over the shooting.
Potter said she thought she had grabbed her Taser instead of her service gun during Wright’s shooting at an April 11 traffic stop.
“Officer Potter’s life has been threatened,” defense attorney Paul Engh said in papers filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court.
“Near daily protests take place at her abode where she can no longer live,” Engh wrote. “Additional safety concerns have surfaced.”
Engh cited the recent trial and conviction of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd inside the same Hennepin courthouse, which included a backlash and vandalism targeting at least one witness who