Kim Potter jurors ask judge what happens if they can't reach consensus

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In this screen grab from video, former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter testifies in court at her trial on manslaughter charges on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021
In this screen grab from video, former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter testifies at her trial on manslaughter charges on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021Court TV, via AP, Pool
  • The jury in former police officer Kim Potter's manslaughter trial continued deliberations Tuesday.

  • Jurors asked the judge what to do if they feel they cannot reach a consensus.

  • The jurors also sought to handle the gun that Potter used to shoot Daunte Wright.

Jurors in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter indicated on Tuesday that they are having trouble reaching a verdict.

In a question submitted to the judge, jurors asked, "If the jury cannot reach consensus, what is the guidance around how long and what steps should be taken?"

Related video: Brooklyn Center mayor announces resignations of Potter and police chief

Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu responded by rereading the initial jury instructions, saying jurors "should decide the case for yourself but only after you have discussed the case with your fellow jurors and carefully considered their views."

The jury also asked Chu if zip ties could be removed from Potter's firearm, which she used to shoot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in April 2021. Chu said that the ties could be removed, allowing the jury to more closely examine the weapon.

Potter, who has been charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Wright, says she mistook the firearm for her Taser.

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