Footage Shows Police Handcuff Girlfriend After Shooting

  • Prosecutors played more body camera footage from the aftermath of the Daunte Wright shooting in court on Thursday.
  • Ex-officer Kim Potter is on trial for manslaughter after fatally shooting Wright during a traffic stop in April.
  • The footage showed police handcuffing Wright’s girlfriend Alayna Albrecht-Payton while she cried.

Prosecutors played body-camera footage on the second day of former Minnesota cop Kim Potter’s manslaughter trial that showed officers handcuffing Daunte Wright’s distraught girlfriend, who’d been in the car when Potter fatally shot Wright.

Potter is on trial for first- and second-degree manslaughter charges for shooting Wright during a traffic stop in April. Potter has pleaded not guilty to both charges, and claimed that she intended to grab her Taser instead of her gun.

Footage of the traffic stop from Potter’s body camera shows her shouting, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before shooting Wright in the chest while he was trying to drive his car away. After Potter shot Wright, his car traveled down the street and crashed into another vehicle. 

The footage prosecutors played in court on Thursday showed police handcuffing Wright’s girlfriend, Alayna Albrecht-Payton, after the crash.

The footage shows one officer point a gun at Albrecht-Payton while another officer yells, “Walk to me.” Albrecht-Payton, crying and with blood visible on her shirt and face, walks to that officer while carrying a soda bottle, juice bottle, a purse, and a cellphone.

The officer then grabs Albrecht-Payton’s arm and asks if anyone else is in the car, the footage shows. Albrecht-Payton responds, “Nobody,” and drops the two bottles she was carrying as the officer pulls her purse and cellphone from her hands.

“I want my purse,” Albrecht-Payton tells the officer in the footage.

The footage shows the officer then pull Albrecht-Payton’s hands behind her back and place her in handcuffs as she asks why she’s being handcuffed.

“You’re not under arrest,” the officer responds in the footage. “Just put your hands behind your back.”

The officer again asks Albrecht-Payton who else is in the car, to which she repeats, “Nobody.” Albrecht-Payton then says, “I need him,” according to the footage. When the officer asks who she’s referring to, Albrecht-Payton responds, “Daunte.”

“Daunte? Does he have a gun or anything?” the officer asks in the footage. Albrecht-Payton responds, “No.”

The officer then calls out, “just one other person inside,” before a different officer pulls Albrecht-Payton out of frame and the footage ends. 

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge asked Albrecht-Payton if the body camera footage showed her trying to explain to the officer that she and Wright were the only people in the car. Albrecht-Payton responded that it did, before describing the injuries she sustained in the car crash.

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