Criminal Justice & Policing

Search warrant: Sheriff initially denied driving SUV when he crashed

BY: - January 4, 2022

A search warrant shows Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson repeatedly denied to a sheriff’s deputy that he was driving his squad car when it crashed Dec. 8 on an interstate near Alexandria, even claiming at one point that a cab driver was behind the wheel when it crashed.

MPD oversight board recommends nixing ‘outdated training’ on excited delirium

BY: - December 30, 2021

A Minneapolis police oversight board has recommended the police department replace what the board calls “outdated training” about excited delirium, a controversial medical diagnosis that police say can give people “superhuman” strength. 

Police looked into how journalist got photos of Hennepin County sheriff’s wrecked SUV

BY: - December 29, 2021

At the request of Hennepin County officials, a Medina police officer investigated how an independent photojournalist got photos of Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson’s totaled, black Ford Explorer he crashed while driving drunk.

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 […]

2021 in review: Bias in foster care, unsolved shootings and Line 3 resistance

BY: - December 27, 2021

What a year! It’s hard to know what to say about the year that we’ve all had, but I do know that I’m incredibly grateful to be wrapping up another 12 months with the Reformer team. I feel lucky to be doing this work with such a smart, kind, scrappy newsroom. This was a year of […]

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.

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.

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.

State commission proposal to modify sentences for repeat offenders sparks fierce debate

BY: - December 17, 2021

A proposal from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission to no longer consider a repeat criminal offender’s custody status at sentencing generated fierce debate on Thursday, with a list of testifiers that included lawmakers, police chiefs, crime victims and others. The commission, made up of 11 members appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice and […]

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.