MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors in the trial of a former Minnesota police officer in the Daunte Wright shooting showed extensive video of the aftermath. That included showing jurors images of officers pulling him out of his car and attempting life-saving measures. Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter in the April shooting of Wright, who had been pulled over at a traffic stop. She has said that she intended to draw her Taser. Thursday’s testimony was dominated by police and emergency medical workers, with defense attorneys ultimately calling for the trial to be vacated. They argued that the state was displaying “sordid images” to harm the jury. The judge rejected the request.
S T. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota regulators approved higher electricity and natural gas prices for Xcel Energy’s residential customers. The state Public Utilities Commission issued a press release Thursday saying the utility had requested to increase electricity rates by 9.4% and natural gas rates by 4.9%. The commission said it approved an interim electricity rate increase of 6.4% and an interim natural gas rate increase of 3.9% and has begun to evaluate the possibility of increasing rates further. Final decisions are expected in 2023 and public comment is welcome. In total, the interim increases will translate into $ 5.54 more per month for average electric customers and 60 cents more per month for average gas customers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Another Republican announced that he will challenge Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison next year. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that business attorney Jim Schultz announced his candidacy with a video message blaming Ellison for property damage during protests over George Floyd’s 2020 death. Schultz is a native of Minnetonka. and he has a law degree from Harvard. Three other Republicans have already declared their candidacy, including former state Representatives Doug Wardlow and Dennis Smith and defense attorney Lynne Torgerson. Ellison launched his bid for reelection last month.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors will try to show that a white suburban Minneapolis police officer, Kim Potter, committed manslaughter when he shot and killed Daunte Wright, a black man, during an arrest attempt in April. Potter, who resigned two days after the shooting, says he intended to use his Taser but accidentally grabbed his gun when he killed the 20-year-old in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter is charged with manslaughter in the first and second degree. The more serious charge requires prosecutors to show that you acted recklessly, while the lesser charge requires that they establish that you acted with negligent negligence.
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