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Opening statements loom this week for a white former Minnesota police officer who said she drew her handgun by mistake when she fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright. But first the two sides will meet with the judge to finalize jury instructions that can be contentious. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday. A mostly white jury will hear the case of Kim Potter. She's charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death in April in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Nine of the 12 jurors likely to deliberate are white, one is Black and two are Asian. That's in line with the demographics of the county where the shooting happened.

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A Michigan school leader says a third party will investigate events at Oxford High School leading up to a school shooting that left four students dead and six other students and a teacher wounded. Oxford schools Superintendent Tim Throne said in a statement that he called for the outside investigation because parents have asked questions about the school’s version of events leading up to the shooting this week. He also elaborated on interactions with the student leading up to the shooting. His comments came after a news conference Friday by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald that detailed numerous warning signs from the student charged in the shooting. 

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A judge has imposed a combined $1 million bond for the parents of the Michigan teen charged with killing four students at Oxford High School, hours after police said they were caught hiding in a commercial building. James and Jennifer Crumbley entered not guilty pleas to each of the four involuntary manslaughter counts against them during a hearing Saturday held on Zoom. Judge Julie Nicholson assigned bond of $500,000 apiece to each of the parents and placed other requirements such as GPS monitoring, agreeing with prosecutors that they posed a flight risk.

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A mostly white jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minnesota police officer who claims she mixed up her gun and Taser when she shot and killed Black motorist Daunte Wright. Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death in April in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. The 49-year-old Potter is white. She quit the force two days after the shooting. Wright was shot and killed after a traffic stop in which he tried to get back in his car as police sought to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. His death set off several nights of confrontations between police and protesters outside the Brooklyn Center police station.

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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. 

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Gunshots rang out on Black Friday inside a packed Washington state mall, injuring one person as hundreds of other shoppers hid inside stores. KOMO reports that officers working in the mall saw a small group that got into a dispute and escalated with gunfire. The suspects fled the mall. As of Saturday morning, there have been no reported arrests. Authorities said the shooting in Tacoma, south of Seattle, was reported just after 7 p.m. on Friday near the mall’s food court. Tacoma police say the person shot was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. It’s unclear what condition the injured person was in as of Saturday.