Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer Kim Potter was convicted of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright earlier this year while conducting a traffic stop.
Many in the new media world followed the high-profile case, and when the conviction came down on Thursday night, there was plenty of reaction.
Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro stated that she was “stunned” upon learning the guilty verdict during her appearance on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
“I must tell you; I was stunned at the verdict. It is a kind of verdict that, you know, none of us really expected, especially manslaughter in the first degree,” Pirro said.
“This woman clearly didn’t intend to cause any harm to Daunte Wright. But we know what the law is, and the law talks about recklessness and culpable negligence. She was negligent. There’s no question about it.”
Meanwhile, CNN correspondent Josh Campbell stated that he hopes this verdict is a lesson to police departments across the nation to train their officers properly.
“One thing I keep thinking about after covering the Potter trial: She couldn’t recall BASIC details about a Taser, seeming to show no interest in mastering a weapon she carried on behalf of the public,” Campbell tweeted.
“Let’s hope departments around the nation draw lessons and train their people.”
Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley wrote a column on the network’s website, where he provided his thoughts over the verdict.
“There was no question in the case that Potter made a terrible and fatal mistake. It is also clear that she did so unintentionally. She called out, consistent with her training, “taser, taser, taser” before firing her service weapon by mistake,” Turley wrote.
“She was then shown collapsing at the scene, sobbing that she killed Wright by mistake. The prosecutors did not question that she thought she was grabbing her taser but demanded a long criminal sentence under the ambiguous standard of involuntary manslaughter.”
NBC News legal analyst Barb McQuade stated on Twitter that police departments need to re-examine their training policies due to this verdict.
“Kim Potter testified that she would not have pulled over Daune Wright over an air freshener if she had not been training another officer,” McQuade tweeted.
“For the safety of citizens and officers, police departments should re-examine their policies on the permissible bases for stopping motorists.”
Finally, CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates shared her thoughts on Twitter over the verdict.
“Kim Potter just found guilty on both counts of manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright. Intent was never an element of either crime and her own testimony confirmed the elements the prosecution was required to prove. She will be held until sentencing,” Coates tweeted.
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Tucker Carlson Reportedly Worried Texts With Alex Jones Will Be Made Public
A source close to Carlson told Lachlan Cartwright that Carlson was “s****ing himself” over his text messages with Jones would be made available.
A report from The Daily Beast says Fox News host Tucker Carlson is worried his texts with Alex Jones of InfoWars being leaked to the public.
A source close to Carlson told Lachlan Cartwright that Carlson was “s****ing himself” over his text messages with Jones would be made available. According to Cartwright, the two text daily and the contents would be “highly embarrassing” for Carlson.
The contents of Jones’ cell-phone were recently accidentally given to the the opposing attorney in a defamation lawsuit brought against Jones by the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, which Jones repeatedly called a “hoax”. Attorneys have since given the contents of the phone to United States House committee charged with investigating the events of the January 6th insurrection.
Mark Bankston, the lawyer representing the Sandy Hook families, has already publicly said some text messages from Jones are salacious in nature, including “intimate messages” with conservative political consultant Roger Stone, including a nude photo of Jones’ wife.
Carlson and Jones have been publicly friendly to one another over the years. Carlson added a short synopsis for the back of the book The Great Reset, written by Jones, that says “Maybe Alex Jones is onto something. Read this book and decide for yourself who’s crazy.” The Fox News host also once was quoted saying Jones was “more talented than I am”.
Joe Scarborough Calls Out Fox News Contributors After Mar-a-Lago Raid
Scarborough said “They’re saying ugly things on Fox News. What do you expect? This guy is going to be brought to justice. He’s broken the law. Everybody knows that. So why are they freaking out?”
MSNBC Morning Joe anchor Joe Scarborough tore into what he called “weak” people afraid of “fascists” after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Scarborough said “They’re saying ugly things on Fox News. What do you expect? This guy is going to be brought to justice. He’s broken the law. Everybody knows that. So why are they freaking out?
“I don’t come from the Obi-Wan Kenobi school of political theory. Strike Trump down and he only becomes stronger. No, I don’t believe — he breaks the law. You go to jail. Let me say it again: In America, and our former Republican brothers and sisters need to understand this. In America, even in the age of Trump, no man is above the law.”
Scarborough previously said those angry about the raid were acting as if their “hair was on fire” before ripping Trump supporters in the media.
“The people that helped Donald Trump on January 6th, the people that were talking about coming to D.C., that it was going to be crazy, that it was going to what was going to be wild, they weren’t going to change because they’re fascists,” Scarborough said. “And so they’re making fascist threats. And we need to do what the United States has always done. We need to confront fascism and defeat it.
“So everybody that’s freaking out over fascists being fascists. Well, guess what? That’s what fascists do! That’s why we have law enforcement, to actually bring fascists to justice. So please don’t run around with your hair on fire and say, “Oh, my God, we can’t actually enforce the laws of our land. We can’t actually protect classified documents because fascists may get upset on a TV show!”
Chris Wallace: Democrats Would Like Another Nominee in 2024
Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age.
Chris Wallace joined CNN’s “At This Hour” to discuss a New York Times article suggesting that President Joe Biden shouldn’t run again.
According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age.
“I think 75%of Democrats say they would like to see another Democratic nominee for president in 2024,” said Biden.
Wallace said he’s witnessed farewells plenty of times, especially in the media, which he referred to as the gold watch sent off.
“Look; obviously, the success after a lot of stalemate, the success of the last month or so by Joe Biden is impressive, and it will change the narrative,” Wallace said. “We will be talking about everything he has accomplished.”
‘You know what, I’m excited by the idea of a guy who on next inauguration day would be 82 running for election again,’ I’m not so sure about that,” he added.
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