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Of last year’s deaths, 162 were speed-related — a 33% increase from 2020, according to state figures.
Austin police were first called around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. The incident ended around 9: 30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, when the man allegedly confronted officers with a knife and was shot. Officers gave medical aid, but he died at the scene. The state BCA will investigate.

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A urine sample showed Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson had a blood alcohol content of .13, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop.
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The top law enforcement official of Minnesota's largest county admitted to drinking before crashing a county-issued vehicle near Alexandria.
Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop.
After a potential juror in the Kimberly Potter trial was struck after she said she did not understand English well enough to follow the case, some observers wondered why the court didn’t offer interpreters for jurors. Worse, some wondered if language was being used as a proxy for race.

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Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop.
The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday about 5 miles east of Alexandria, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
James Opiyo Okwoyo, 59, was driving east across Broadway Ave. at 2:39 p.m. when another vehicle, traveling northbound and approaching 17th Street Southeast, T-boned Okwoyo's vehicle, according to an incident report from the Rochester Police Department. Okwoyo's vehicle went through a fence and off a 20-foot retaining wall as a result.

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