Daunte Wright also is guilty.

Wanted for dodging a gun offense, he recklessly menaced a cop’s life while trying to escape

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota officer Kim Potter has been convicted for first and second degree manslaughter for mistakenly shooting Daunte Wright.

Cheers arose from outside the court house from a crowd that sported a “black lives matter” poster, as if Wright was an innocent victim and a symbol of how cops murder black men.

But how much do you read about how Wright brought it all on himself? Practically nothing.

So here’s the record:

Wright was pulled over in a standard traffic stop for two violations–an expired registration tab and an object hanging from his rear view mirror, obstructing his view. As he should have been. The rest of us cough up money every year for our license plates; why shouldn’t he?

When his background was checked–standard procedure for every traffic stop for everyone and not just black drivers–it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for a weapons charge–carrying a handgun in a public place without a state permit. In other words, he was a wanted man.

As required for everyone with an outstanding warrant for dodging a court appearance, he was arrested. Or at least the police tried to. While police were trying to cuff him, he jumped back in the car and tried to drive off. With an officer hanging out of the window. Never mind that the officer could have been seriously injured or killed.

From the passenger side of the car, Porter sees the look of fear on the officer’s face as he tries to extract himself, but Wright, behind the wheel, kept trying to speed off. She reaches for her gun, mistakenly thinking it’s her taser. “Taser, taser, taser,” she shouts as her training taught her. She fires once, striking Wright in the chest. Nonetheless, off he speeds, covering several blocks before he crashes his car into a vehicle.

(I wonder if Porter would have been charged with manslaughter if she had intentionally drawn her gun and fired. After all, with a cop hanging out the car window while Wright sped away, would’t she had been legally and morally justified in using deadly force? Just wondering.)

(Oh, and where are the advocates for stricter gun control? After all, Porter allegedly had been illegally carrying a gun, becoming a threat to the community. Don’t they have something to say about the scourge of too many guns on the streets?)

(Here I’ll be accused of “blaming the victim,” but there was more than one victim here.)

I don’t question this jury’s decision. But the truth is that Wright was guilty in his own right: He violated the law, he was legally stopped and arrested and he tried to flee, endangering an officer of the law.

We’re supposed to ignore all that? We’re supposed to forget that police officers are people too, with families who would mourn their loss? We’re supposed to forget that police officers followed the book, stopping Wright, not because he was “driving while black,” but because he had violated two laws and then dangerously resisted arrest for being a wanted man?

So, yes, Wright’s death is a tragedy, for him, for his family and friends and certainly for Potter too. But none of this would have happened if not for Wright.

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  • "But none of this would have happened if not for Porter."

  • You say you agree with the verdict. Good. Bringing up advocates of gun control is another red herring. Why Daunte Wright was stopped has gotten much coverage. So I don't understand your criticism of the media in this regard. Yes, police officers have families, as Potter has.
    It indeed is sad to consider the pain her family is suffering. May God give them the same strength He gives the Wright's parents in the loss of their son.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Reflections of a privileged man.

    The difference is that Wright didn't make a mistake. He acted in a criminal manner. Potter did make a tragic mistake brought on by Wright's criminal actions.

    So we add another woke martyr to the fold: Saint Daunte Wright of the Previous Felons.

  • Of course the media, BLM and the progressive mob won't the truth stand in the way of the facts. Duante could have prevented his own demise. IMO the jury found her guilty in order to prevent another violent protest by the left wing terrorists.

  • I agree with Dershowitz here. This cop wasn't a "rogue"; she made a tragic mistake but NOT a crime.


  • In reply to davegorak:

    Dershowitz should go back to law school.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Funny to hear from the mouth of a "teacher." What did you teach, "perfection?" Mr. Wired? Where did you get your law degree?
    From a box of "Wheaties" breakfast cereal?
    Please excuse my rudeness, but you are strictly a second stringer who should never set foot on the field of enlightened thought.

  • Once again BLM makes a saint/martyr out of a common criminal...the verdict is wrong, the prosecution was wrong and will probably be overturned on appeal...meanwhile the family will realize a big payout for raising a criminal...can't wait for the patrols of social workers coping with future Duante Wrights

  • In reply to WaucondaNana:

    On what grounds will the verdict "probably" be overturned?

  • the howling mobs got their pound of flesh. the criminals get the benefit of the doubt...the heroes who face danger, tense situations, and volatile confrontations every day get screwed. fact is accidents do happen.

  • In reply to HSPARKS:

    The "howling mobs" had nothing to do with. A jury of Potter's peers convicted her. Potter, herself, knew she would probably go to prison. You were not aware of that?

  • That don't make it righteous...surrendering to the media mob, the "woke mob", the peer pressure, this jury pulled a Pontious Pilot here. They took the easy way out and "washed their hands". Remember...accidents do happen.

  • In reply to HSPARKS:

    Keep in mind that "Mr. Wired" lives in a hyperinflated intellectual bubble where common sense is never allowed to enter. He comments here and, most likely, elsewhere because he really believes that some poor fool will buy into his brand of "wisdom" that is reserved only for those who live at his altitude.

  • In reply to davegorak:

    Aw, shucks, dave, I didn't know you cared.

  • In reply to HSPARKS:

    Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea, did not exactly "wash his hands" in the sense you seem to mean. What he did was to let the people decide whether to free Jesus or Barrabas. When the people chose the latter, Pilate ordered Jesus to be crucified.

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