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Potential jurors in Potter trial quizzed

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Attorneys began sifting through potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, quizzing the pool about their attitudes on policing, protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Before the process began, prospective jurors in former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter's manslaughter trial responded to questionnaires similar to those used this year in Derek Chauvin's murder trial for the killing of George Floyd. Roughly 200 people were asked what they knew about the Potter case, their impressions of her and Wright, and their views on protests and policing in the Minneapolis area in recent years. Potter shot Wright as he tried to drive away from a traffic stop on April 11 — a time when Chauvin's trial was underway and tensions were high in the Minneapolis area. Wright's death sparked several nights of protests in Brooklyn Center, reviving painful memories of the sometimes violent unrest that erupted after Floyd's death in May 2020.

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