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In the News: Rachel Moran on the Kim Potter Trial

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Law professor Rachel Moran commented for The Washington Post on the charges against former police officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright.

From the article: Prosecutors are expected to focus on Potter’s experience and argue that a seasoned veteran of 26 years acted recklessly despite her decades of training. The defense will counter that Potter made a tragic but ultimately innocent mistake by mixing up her weapons. The defense has indicated in pretrial motions that it plans to shift culpability onto Wright for his death: He is seen on body-camera footage trying to escape an officer’s grasp and climb back into his car mid-arrest.

Rachel Moran, an associate law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, who has followed the Potter case, said it is not a simple one.

“The question [of] whether what happened is morally wrong and unjustified is different than: Is the perpetrator criminally responsible?” Moran told The Washington Post.