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News Media Reacts to Kim Potter Guilty Verdict

Potter was convicted of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

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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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Chris Hayes: Schools Are Places for Learning, They’re Not Prisons

Hayes gave his detailed examination of the crisis of mass shootings in America and the nation’s reaction to that problem.

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The United States continues to reel from the latest mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, where 19 kids and two teachers were killed. There’s been plenty of reaction as details trickle out through various reporting.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes gave his detailed examination of the crisis of mass shootings in America and the nation’s reaction to that problem.

“So what are we gonna do here,” Hayes said on Thursday’s edition of “All In.” “Some choices: Are we going to conceive of every school in this nation as first and foremost the site of a possible massacre and redesign and engineer every building with that in mind?”

“Should we make mass gun massacre prevention a core part of what schooling is and what schooling procedures look like?”

Hayes added that schools shouldn’t be implementing procedures to prepare for the next mass shooting. The MSNBC host adds that these places are for learning.

“As a parent and as a citizen, I say no. No. No. I don’t accept that. Schools are public places. They’re places of learning. For children, and teachers, and staff, to grow, and flourish, and play together. They are not prisons, they are not fortresses, and they should not have to be,” Hayes continued.

“No more hardening schools, no more lock-down drills. No more. The actual massacres are bad enough. The grief and the trauma, it’s bad enough. The trauma of families in Uvalde, or Parkland, or Santa Fe, or on and on and on. The trauma of the ritualized child sacrifice of American gun culture. And we have chosen to add on top of that the burden of making our schools places where every single child is subjected to the experience of hiding for their lives as an exercise?”

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Tucker Carlson Slams Officers in Texas for Their False Information

Carlson stated the police have been lying about their answers and noted some of them may have perpetrated a “moral crime” following the massacre at Robb Elementary, which saw 19 children and two adults die.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is slamming police officers in Texas for their false information about Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. 

Carlson stated the police have been lying about their answers and noted some of them may have perpetrated a “moral crime” following the massacre at Robb Elementary, which saw 19 children and two adults die.

Police originally expressed that an officer already present at the school “engaged” the suspect but could not stop him from entering the building. Nonetheless, officers now state the gunman entered unhampered. 

“It seems apparent that when that video was shot, the gunman was still alive with the firearm in the school with children,” Carlson stated, per Mediaite.

“Now, a Texas official later suggested on camera that while all of this was happening, some members of law enforcement in Texas went into the school to get their own children out.”

The Fox News host stated that although he’s pro-law enforcement, Carlson can’t fathom as to why it took them so long to re-enter the school with the 18-year-old gunman inside and children dying.  

“During that time they say they were waiting for backup, including, for some reason, for multiple crisis negotiators,” Carlson said. “No matter how pro-law enforcement you are, and we are there’s only so much B.S. you can take in the face of a tragedy like this. 

“We were waiting for specialized equipment? You have an 18year-old with a firearm and little kids being killed. What kind of specialty of equipment do you need? Negotiators? Really? As children are being murdered?”

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Sara Haines: Beto O’Rourke Was Calm While Interrupting Press Conference

Haines asserted that “politics was theatre” and insinuated that O’Rourke was totally calm while the people he was addressing became nasty.

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is drawing mixed reviews for interrupting a press conference Wednesday involving officials giving an update on the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre.

On Thursday’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked her colleagues if they considered O’Rourke’s actions “political theatre.”

According to Fox News Digital, co-host Sara Haines asserted that “politics was theatre” and insinuated that O’Rourke was totally calm while the people he was addressing became nasty.

“Guns happen to be a big issue for Beto O’Rourke, and you even notice the optics. He calmly kept talking,” she continued, adding that those on the stage got “really nasty.”

“To hold a whole press conference about prayer and mourning the children, I’m guessing that grief is really quickly going to turn to anger if it hasn’t already, and they’re [Texans] going to want to see some action,” Haines said.

Sunny Hostin suggested that some of the politicians may have been angrier with O’Rourke than they were with the actual actions of the killer.

Meanwhile, right-leaning pundits are slamming O’Rourke for his actions. Syndicated radio host Clay Travis took exception to the gubernatorial candidate’s actions.   

“That’s Beto, who still, to my knowledge, has not given any indication of what could have been done to keep this from happening,” he said. 

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