A Tale of Two Cops

2021 December 26
by bc3b

Kim Potter, the white former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright in April, has been convicted after appearing to mistake her handgun for a Taser during a deadly traffic stop.

Potter, 49, was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in relation to the April 11 traffic stop that ended with the 20-year-old Black man’s death. The former officer, who resigned from the force after 26 years on the job, now faces 35 years behind bars when she is sentenced on Feb. 18.

Meanwhile, Byrd, a lieutenant in the Capitol Police, faced no charges for killing an unarmed Ashli Babbitt for trespassing during the January 6 “mostly peaceful protest.”

There are a number of differences:

  • Kim Potter was a white cop who killed a black man
  • Michael Byrd is a black cop who killed a white woman
  • Potter committed a stupid act, mistaking her service revolver for a taser
  • Byrd intentionally killed Ashli Babbitt
  • The Brooklyn Center, MN Police Department was open, releasing all footage
  • The government decided everything behind closed doors, with no civilian review
  • Potter showed remorse; Byrd didn’t
  • Byrd had previously left his loaded service weapon in a public rest room; Potter had been a Brooklyn Center officer for 26 years with no known problems and service awards
  • Potter faced negative media coverage while the media treated Byrd like a hero who saved the country

MINNEAPOLIS — Kim Potter ’s police chief at the time she shot and killed Daunte Wright testified in her defense at her manslaughter trial on Thursday, calling her “a fine officer” and saying he “saw no violation” of policy in her actions at the scene.

Tim Gannon resigned two days after the April 11 shooting, saying he believed he had to quit “because I would not immediately fire Kim Potter.” Potter resigned the same day.

So, if Kim Potter received the same type of review as Michael Byrd (by her own department), she would have been exonerated too.

Both officers made a split-second decision under duress. Both victims are dead. Potter faces up to 35 years in prison after being convicted by a jury. Byrd went Scot-free.

Hat tip: yahoo.news

Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Daunte Wright Was Training Others - The New York Times

Who benefitted from “privilege?”

39 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 December 26 2:10 am
    bc3b permalink

    Anyone who watched the four clowns who testified before the January 6 committee likely came away with the impression that the Capitol Police compare unfavorably to night watchmen.

  2. 2021 December 26 2:21 am
    bc3b permalink

    As if CNN didn’t suck enough. On December 21 it announced:

    Capitol police officer Michael Fanone, who became the face of the January 6th riots, officially resigned from the force Monday, announcing that he will be joining CNN as a law enforcement contributor.

    Since the events of January 6th, Fanone has become a frequent guest on national television– particularly CNN. His media appearances, which often warned of threats to democracy, were reportedly causing tension among other fellow officers on the force.


    CNN obviously plans to be the January 6 channel right through the mid-term elections.

  3. 2021 December 26 5:08 am
    drdog09 permalink

    A closer comparison would be the officer that offed G. Floyd. Same city, same state. I appears that officers cannot receive a fair trail in the State. If I were a PoPo there I would be sending my resume` to more friendly areas to ply my skills.

  4. 2021 December 26 5:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

  5. 2021 December 26 6:40 am
    bc3b permalink

    Question: How can Kim Potter be convicted of both first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter for the same crime?

  6. 2021 December 26 7:00 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #3

    It’s just about impossible for a white cop who kills a black to get exonerated these days regardless of the circumstances. The sainthood of George Floyd eliminated that. CNN and the “Alphabet Networks” provide non-stop coverage when a black is killed by the cops but provides virtually no coverage when cops kill an unarmed white or blacks kill a cop (like in Baltimore

  7. 2021 December 26 7:25 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Certainly. But the chances of a PoPo getting convicted is a lot higher in places like LA, SanFran, Minny, NYC than say Tyler TX, Culman, AL or Laurel, MS.

  8. 2021 December 26 7:33 am
    justrand permalink

    This excerpt from an article on American Thinker sums up my feelings on Omicron

    Everything seems to suggest that Britons who fall ill with the Omicron variant are less likely to become severely sick than those who contracted Delta. That’s what British-American surgeon, professor, and author Marty Makary—who is one of America’s leading healthcare experts—had to say on December 16’s “Brian Kilmeade Show.”

    “We’re seeing this massive new wave of fear that is fueling our second pandemic after Covid-19, which is a pandemic of lunacy, which is omicron. Now I call it omi-cold,” Makary said. The Omicron variant, he explained, “stays superficial in the nose and bronchus. So that’s why we’re seeing a common cold-like illness.” He added, “This new scientific data from the lab explains the epidemiological data and the bedside observation of doctors that this is far more mild… and that’s why I call it omi-cold.”

    In the light of the above, I think we can guess the answer to our question, and New York Times bestselling author Heather Mac Donald sums it up: “The official response to the Omicron variant provides a case study in the deliberate manufacture of fear.”

  9. 2021 December 26 7:41 am
    justrand permalink

    Bc3b: Question: How can Kim Potter be convicted of both first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter for the same crime?”

    The Left/Democrats/media (same folks) needed a sacrificial lamb…she fit the bill perfectly! They could have simultaneously charged her with damn near EVERY crime on the books, and the answer would have been: GUILTY

  10. 2021 December 26 8:21 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Another big difference in the cases is the societal value of the victim.
    One dead victim was a habitual criminal.
    The other was a patriotic, Vet citizen who cared about her country.

  11. 2021 December 26 8:52 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Seems promising! Note the part about media.

  12. 2021 December 26 9:03 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Desmond Tutu, RIP, 90. Its ill to chastise the dead, but the world is better off, the communist.

  13. 2021 December 26 12:37 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Tale of Two RMB — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0aHw8CmE3o — China faces the prospect that the official printing house was cranking out official duplicate bank notes. And the kids now days think Capitalism is bad. Sigh.

  14. 2021 December 26 12:53 pm
    gnqanq permalink

  15. 2021 December 26 2:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Considering few Liberals have a heart, and this guy was a Xi worshiper that he would cease for that disease.

  16. 2021 December 26 2:28 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    14, I’ll need a translated version lol

  17. 2021 December 26 2:55 pm
    mpt permalink

    China faces the prospect that the official printing house was cranking out official duplicate bank notes.

    Saw this the other day. I think the correct link is below:


    Basically seemed to be an open secret that benefitted communist party members and wasn’t cracked down on until something or other changed. I guess the administrators being knabbed weren’t well-connected enough.

    In the US, I would consider us lucky if all the Fed were doing was double printing physical paper money. The Fed “printing” makes the CCP seem like amatuers.

  18. 2021 December 26 2:59 pm
    mpt permalink

    15, the top comment on your link summarizes it best:

    Vaccines are the leading cause of coincidence.

  19. 2021 December 26 5:38 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Alex Jones loses his marbles over trump telling Americans to get vaccinated

  20. 2021 December 26 7:50 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    19, saw that! My favorite too 🙂

  21. 2021 December 26 7:55 pm
    mpt permalink

    PRP, Alex is a Trump supporter. It’s as if Alex is seeing his best friend propose marriage to a middle-aged gold-digger with three kids from three different fathers, on welfare, $100K in debt and he wonders how his friend thinks it will end well.

    Personally, I think the best outcome for this is Trump loses enough support to read the writing on the wall and fade into the background. I believe Trump’s gut-level instincts are right most of the time, but his ego allows him to be far too easily manipulated by his enemies. Trump’s time has come and gone and it’s time to open the field to others who can perhaps take up the mantle and consistently move the ball forward rather than seemingly always fumble on the 5-yard line.

  22. 2021 December 27 7:16 am
    justrand permalink

    Ahhh….but not everyone HSA a “smartphone”, certainly babies aren’t BORN with one. The answer?? Embedded chips that can be remotely read and updated! I expect such a move with months.

    Big Brother was minor league.


  23. 2021 December 27 11:19 am
    drdog09 permalink


    The UUP — Union of Unvaxxed People — as a strategic union needed more than ever.

  24. 2021 December 27 11:58 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Two more items of CA madness, sigh.

    1) Watched episode 61 with Repub state legislator Kevin Kiley. He sued Gov Newsom for extending his “emergency powers” for so long. We are coming up on 2 years now.
    Kiley WON his suit. Repeat, he WON. However, the court took no action. They said that the CA Legislature could choose to rein in The Gavinator. So, it was left up to the Assembly and Senate, which did nothing. We are still being ruled by decree.

    2) And in the micro-management department (be aware, this WILL come to YOUR state eventually), we have this. Note how they will phase in slowly and gradually grind you down:

    Californians will ring in the new year with the unfurling of a groundbreaking law that will change how they dispose of their organic waste, particularly leftover food and kitchen scraps.
    Senate Bill 1383 requires all residents and businesses to separate such “green” waste from other trash, but the program will be rolled out gradually for homes and businesses in the coming months, with the actual startup date varying, depending on the location of your home or business.
    Fines can be levied for failing to separate organic refuse from other trash. But those charges aren’t scheduled to begin until 2024.
    Note: my city already gave us new garbage bins with a side pocket for scraps a couple years ago. So far, it’s been “voluntary”.

  25. 2021 December 27 1:21 pm
    mpt permalink

    I’m surprised that any media company, even a small local paper out of Ventura County in SoCal, was daring enough to publish the following. The nurses and doctors quoted are probably in danger of their careers being cancelled.

    More VC Nurses Blow Whistle on ‘Overwhelming’ Numbers of Heart Attacks, Clotting, Strokes

    Here is an archive link in case the article goes away.

  26. 2021 December 27 1:26 pm
    bc3b permalink

  27. 2021 December 27 3:43 pm
    mpt permalink

    A woman asks a CVS pharmacist to see the safety inserts that come with the box of vaccines that he is administering. He gladly opens them up for her explaining how, as with any drug in the pharmacy, these documents have all the safety disclosure information from the various trials that she is asking about. They are just 20+ blank pages. He is literally at a loss for words and admits she raises a lot of valid ethical concerns.


  28. 2021 December 27 4:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Yep, just another ‘doing my job’, as they head to the gallows.

  29. 2021 December 27 4:51 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  30. 2021 December 27 5:19 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    In 2020, I worked as a “stipend worker” for my County at a Vote Center. I was interested to just see what was going on. It was fascinating. It was easy to get the job because many, many elderly/retired chose to sit the election out due to fear of Covid.

    I received a note from the County inviting me to apply for various temp positions in an upcoming special election in June as well as the 2022 off-year election. I found this question fascinating.
    The part that caught my attention was the need for you to “acknowledge” and “accept” the requirement. I guess they don’t want you to sue over the issue? Being retired, I am not exposed to the bulk of the angst/drama/confrontation over Vaxx issues. What a relief and I am so sad for the rest of the population. (And you guys).

    “The County of Santa Clara, as a condition of employment, requires that all County employees, and almost all interns and volunteers, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption request. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption request prior to your start date. Do you acknowledge and accept this requirement?”

  31. 2021 December 27 5:49 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    BC, 27,

    Face it partner. We run a bulletin board for the run up to the zombie apocalypse.

  32. 2021 December 27 6:30 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    32, heh.

    interesting account of some of the troubles with EVs that are not often talked about. Charging time, charger availability and range are issues that will be with us for quite some time.

    But I esp approve and agree with commenters who say that EVs are a way station along the path of eventually taking away private vehicles. So that they can force us to use Public Transport (*they*, otoh, will NEVER use public transport themselves of course). First force us to use clunky, inconvenient vehicles. Then take them away as a favor to us.

    And right on cue, I get an email noting that the *Conservative* gov’t of the UK is moving along that path.
    Just imagine if Labour gets back into power.

    UK Inches Closer To Eliminating Private Car Ownership
    UK Government Transport Minister Trudy Harrison recently spoke at a mobility conference, addressing the future of personal mobility. In her comments, she said it was necessary to ditch the “20th-century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership and towards greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport.” That’s right, she said the quiet part out loud and showed the hand of a growing number of government officials.

  33. 2021 December 27 9:01 pm
    mpt permalink

    In her comments, she said it was necessary to ditch the “20th-century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership and towards greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport.”

    It’s for the greater good…

  34. 2021 December 28 12:38 am

    Potter – Guilty of manslaughter – yup, Byrd guilty of at least same if not a higher charge. Agree though seems fucked up to be charged with both first and second degree for the same body – pick one prosecutor and stick to it. Celebrating I am not.

    CVS pharmacists – ‘I’m feeling inadequate as a pharmacist right now’ almost seemed like a prepared way of handling it to disarm customers asking legit questions that can’t be answered. Another I’m just following orders from corporate…and yeah everything is ‘safe’, but yet in the same breath admitting he’s got nothing to back up that statement. Almost funny.

    12 – Funny how you’ll never see that get mention in the 100’s of documentaries put out by the media over the years.

  35. 2021 December 28 12:47 am

    30 – Another case where I asked why is the fib involved?

  36. 2021 December 28 12:54 am


    Ah… so more you-bad-talk and but no action that actually harms them, gotcha ted.

    ““I think the corporate sponsors oughta cut their money,” Cruz responded. “We’ve seen in the past that the corporate media, they are corrupt. They are China shills. They’re in bed with China.””
    So are most in congress it seems Senator.

  37. 2021 December 28 4:47 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Keeping in mind that Cruz when a legal eagle defended one of the Japanese tire makers against dumping charges.

  38. 2021 December 28 4:52 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Federal offense to interfere with airplane crew in performance of their duties. Only connection I can think of. Don’t want a local Andy and Barney act getting all the props ya know. Oh and I can think of one other angle. The Karen in question was a former playboy model, Patti Breton. ‘They’ want autographs on their back issues of playboy.

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