Below are frequently asked questions and resources related to the State of Minnesota vs. Kimberly Potter trial.
November 30, 2021: Trial proceedings begin for the State of Minnesota vs. Kimberly Potter trial
Wednesday, December 8: Expected opening statements, State of Minnesota vs. Kimberly Potter
Trial duration: Judge Regina Chu expects the trial to wrap up by Dec. 24
Web and phone resources
Minnesota Judicial Branch website: State of Minnesota vs. Kimberly Potter
Hennepin County Kimberly Potter trial website | court information, media information, and accessing Government Center service: State of Minnesota vs. Kimberly Potter
If you need Ambassador services or other assistance downtown, please call the DID Hotline: (612) 332-1111
City services and information: 311 (or visit the 311 online resource page)
Non-emergency police assistance: (612) 348-2345 (more info)
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the trial take place?
Jury selection for the trial of Kimberly Potter began on November 30, 2021 with jury selection. Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Dec. 8.
How long will the trial last?
We do not know how long the trial will last. According to Judge Regina Chu, the trial could wrap up by Dec. 24
Who is the defendant?
The defendant is former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, who is standing trial on first- and second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.
Where will the trial take place?
The trial is scheduled to take place in Hennepin County District Court. The Hennepin County Courthouse is in downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to Minneapolis City Hall and near the Federal Courthouse.
Will there be any restrictions to the public’s access to public spaces and counters in the government center?
During the trial, the Government Center will be open to the public for all currently available in-person Hennepin County services. Visitors will experience a system one entrance and one exit, with stanchions guiding people from the street level entrance to weapons screening on skyway level and from the elevators to the street level exit.
The following changes will be in place starting Monday, November 29:
- Government Center parking ramp closed to public parking (open only to contract parkers)
- Building will have one entrance (North Plaza street level/5th Street) and one exit (South Plaza street level/7th street)
- Skyways to and from the Government Center will be closed
- Tunnel to and from Minneapolis City Hall will be closed
- A Tower weapon screening area will be closed. All staff and public going into the towers will pass through the C Tower weapon screening, then use C Tower elevators and bridge floors to access the A Tower side.
Will face coverings be required for the trial?
Yes, all visitors to county facilities continue to be required to wear face coverings.
Will the trial be televised?
Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom. Check back for official information.
Will there be protests?
Protests may occur during the trial.
Will streets be blocked during the trial?
There will be no physical barricades around the Government Center building.
Will Minneapolis businesses be open or closed during the trial?
Yes, Minneapolis businesses will be open.
Is there a number to contact if bad behaviors are observed?
The best options for reaching out is the DID hotline (612-332-1111). Unless it includes illegal activity, then call 9-1-1.
How much notice will be given if transit shuts down?
Follow Metro Transit on social media (@metrotransitmn) for the most up-to-date transit information. You can also sign up for rider alerts at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts or call 612-373-3333 for updates.