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Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys are set to begin sifting through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, a Black motorist. As they do, they’ll take a hard look at the potential jurors’ attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter. Roughly 200 potential jurors were asked ahead of time to provide extensive information on what they already know about the case, and whether they have positive or negative impressions about Potter and Wright.


Fight breaks out among a dozen people at Minneapolis airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police are investigating a fight that erupted in a terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport shortly after a plane had landed from Orlando, Florida. Authorities say about a dozen male and female passengers were involved in the scrape after two large groups of travelers deplaned from a Frontier Airlines flight just before midnight Friday. Punches were exchanged among several people and some of them threw stanchions and broke chairs. Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said police are reviewing evidence and he has not learned the “motivation for the fight.” The Star Tribune reports that a video of the incident, which lasted just over a minute, was posted on social media and shared by more than 7,000 people by midday Monday.


Boebert in call refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative congresswoman Lauren Boebert has spoken by phone with congresswoman Ilhan Omar just days after likening the Minnesota Democrat to a bomb-carrying terrorist. By both lawmakers’ accounts, the call Monday did not go well. Omar ended the call after Boebert, a Colorado Republican, refused to issue a public apology. Boebert accused Omar of engaging in “cancel culture” by hanging up on her. Omar has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “take appropriate action” against Boebert for her remarks.


St. Cloud woman suspected of causing her infant’s death

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud woman is suspected of causing the death of her three-month-old baby and is being held in the Stearns County Jail. Police say they were called to a home Sunday to check on the welfare of the 26-year-old mother and her infant. Authorities did not say who called them to ask for the welfare check. Responding officers found the child had died and arrested the mother on suspicion of second-degree murder. No cause of death was provided and the body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.


Carjacking suspect fatally shot by police in Mounds View

MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. (AP) — Police  in a Minneapolis suburb say an armed carjacking suspect was fatally shot by officers who encountered him in a liquor store. Authorities say police responded to a call of shots fired in Mounds View Sunday about 7:15 p.m. While responding to that call, officers got another call about an armed robbery in the parking lot of a nearby Aldi store. Police found a victim who said a man pointed a gun at him and forced him to drive to a liquor store. The armed man ran inside the store and the employees ran outside. Police say officers entered the store, encountered the man and fired their weapons, striking the suspect. 


Community systems offer alternative paths for solar growth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As demand for renewable energy surges, “community solar” installations are popping up around the U.S. They’re larger than home rooftop systems but smaller than utility-scale complexes. Community solar gardens are located atop buildings, or on abandoned factory grounds and farms. Customers subscribe to portions of energy sent to the grid and get credits that reduce their electricity bills. The model attracts people who can’t afford rooftop solar or live where it’s not accessible, such as renters. More than 40 states have at least one community solar operation. But in some places, growth is hampered by debates over who should be allowed to enter the market.


EXPLAINER: Was officer’s fatal Taser mix-up manslaughter?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors will try to prove that a white suburban Minneapolis police officer, Kim Potter, committed manslaughter when she fatally shot Daunte Wright, a Black man, during an attempted arrest in April. Potter, who resigned two days after the shooting, says she meant to use her Taser but accidentally grabbed her gun instead when she killed the 20-year-old Black man in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. The more serious charge requires prosecutors to prove that she acted recklessly, while the lesser charge requires them to establish that she acted with culpable negligence. Jury selection begins Tuesday. 


Brooklyn Center officials ponder curfew with Potter verdict

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — City officials in Brooklyn Center are debating whether a curfew is needed when a verdict is reached in the trial of Kimberly Potter, the police officer charged with manslaughter in the death last spring of Daunte Wright. Council members last week postponed to Monday a decision on a proposed emergency ordinance that would allow the city manager to establish a curfew. To grant that authority, the council vote must be unanimous. Some members expressed uncertainty about how to balance the exercise of free speech by possible protesters with public safety and the protection of businesses against vandalism. Others worry that preparing for a possible curfew suggest that city officials expect civil unrest in the wake of the Potter verdict.

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