Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs.

Jaleel Stallings, the costs of cops leaving and police alternatives: 2021 in review

By: - December 28, 2021

This year I joined the Reformer full-time, and covered a wide range of stories from the high-profile criminal trials of former police officers Derek Chauvin and Kimberly Potter to COVID in the least-vaccinated county in Minnesota. Much of my attention this year has been focused on the continued fall-out from the police killing of George […]

Jury finds Brooklyn Center Officer Kimberly Potter guilty of manslaughter

By: - December 23, 2021

After nearly two weeks of testimony and about 27 hours of deliberations, a 12-member jury found Kimberly Potter guilty of both first- and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during an April 11 traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.

Senate DFL investigation finds ‘lack of clarity’ in sexual harassment policy

By: - December 21, 2021

An independent investigation into the Minnesota Senate's handling of a sexual harassment complaint made by a former DFL staffer is now complete, and the findings are prompting the Senate to consider updating its sexual harassment policies. 

Scott Jensen defends appearance with embattled Rep. John Thompson

By: - December 21, 2021

Former state Sen. Scott Jensen is defending his recent joint appearance with embattled Rep. John Thompson.  

Brooklyn Center police shooting case goes to jury

By: - December 20, 2021

Kimberly Potter's manslaughter charges are now in the hands of a jury.

5 GOP gubernatorial candidates avoid saying Biden won the presidency

By: - December 20, 2021

Five Republican candidates running for governor in Minnesota would not unequivocally state that President Joe Biden won the presidential election last week.

Potter testifies: ‘Things just went chaotic’

By: - December 17, 2021

Kimberly Potter took the stand Friday and explained how after 26 years as a police officer in Brooklyn Center and never using her Taser or gun once, she accidentally shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

‘You got to stand,’ says lone protester outside Potter trial

By: - December 17, 2021

A lone protester sat outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, where Kimberly Potter is on trial for manslaughter. Whenever someone  walked within earshot, Tanya James would holler “Justice for Daunte Wright” across the frozen lawn.

Former Brooklyn Center police chief says Potter was justified in using Taser or gun to stop Wright

By: - December 16, 2021

Kimberly Potter’s former police chief — who resigned rather than get fired for not immediately firing Potter after she killed Daunte Wright during an April 11 traffic stop — testified Thursday that she was justified in using either a Taser or her firearm when Wright tried to flee police as they tried to arrest him on a warrant.

Police legal fund is paying for Potter’s defense, as it did with Chauvin

By: - December 15, 2021

A statewide police legal defense fund that paid the hefty costs of Derek Chauvin’s defense is also funding the defense of Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter.

Judge allows union to intervene in ACLU lawsuit over MPD coaching records

By: - December 15, 2021

A judge has ruled that the Minneapolis police union can intervene in a lawsuit intended to get the Minneapolis Police Department to release records on police officers who are “coached” for misconduct.

Taser, gun are focus of testimony in Potter trial

By: - December 13, 2021

Testimony in the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter on Monday centered on the differences between the former police officer's Glock firearm and Taser.