Daunte Wright’s Girlfriend Files New Charge Against Brooklyn Center, Kim Potter


A passenger who sat next to Daunte Wright during his murder involving police has filed suit against the City of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and ex-Officer Kim Potter for the injuries and trauma she believes was caused by the incident.

Alayna Albrecht-Payton, 21, is seeking at least $150,000 in damages in the April 11 confrontation in which she was seriously injured and Wright was killed right next to her, according to the lawsuit.

Albrecht-Payton, who was dating Wright a few weeks before the shooting, testified in Potter’s trial in December 2021. In that trial, Potter claimed she mistook her firearm for a taser and shot Wright, whose vehicle then accelerated. and crashed into another SUV.

Since the trial, Potter has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison and the Brooklyn Center agreed to pay a $3.25 million settlement to Wright’s family.

Now Albrecht-Payton is suing Brooklyn Center and Potter for the PTSD she says she developed from witnessing Wright’s death and the serious injuries she sustained, including a broken jaw.

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The lawsuit alleges that Potter’s “negligence” is the direct cause of Albrecht-Payton’s physical and emotional injuries, and that Brooklyn Center is liable for Potter’s actions as a Brooklyn Center Police Officer during the incident.

Albrecht-Payton’s attorney Katie Bennett told TBEN News that her client is now filing a lawsuit because she wants to hold those involved accountable.

“Albrecht-Payton was an impeccable witness to this horribly traumatic event,” Bennett said.

Alayna Albrecht-Payton, a passenger in Daunte Wright’s car, testifies in court, Dec. 9, 2021, in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Potter is on trial for the shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old black motorist, after a traffic stop in the Brooklyn Center suburb of Minneapolis.

Court TV/pool via TBEN

Bennett said that after the incident, Albrecht-Payton had to have surgery on her broken jaw, suffered a concussion, pierced lips and bleeding from her ears, and “not to mention the psychological and emotional injuries that have changed her life,” he added. them to it.

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Jason M. Hiveley, who represents the Brooklyn Center and Potter, told TBEN News that he is reviewing Albrecht-Payton’s medical records and evaluating their legal defenses.

The lawsuits state that Potter jeopardized the safety of Albrecht-Payton and that of a nearby fellow police officer at Brooklyn Center when she shot Wright.

When Wright’s vehicle crashed into a nearby SUV after the gunshot, the lawsuit also alleges that Albrecht-Payton “had suffered the most” from the impact and despite her injuries, “desperately” tried to save Wright while “gasp”.

Instead of getting help, officers held Albrecht-Payton at gunpoint and handcuffed her, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Albrecht-Payton was bleeding from the head and face when officers approached her, and she was taken to the emergency room, where she was “seriously distraught” and emergency services were unable to explain what had happened.

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After firing a shot at Wright, leading to Albrecht-Payton’s crash and further confrontation by other officers, Potter collapsed onto the curb and began “crying” instead of helping Wright or Albrecht-Payton, the police said. lawsuit.

“Potter was only concerned about the consequences for himself,” the lawsuit reads. She drew the attention of her colleagues to herself and away from reacting to the crisis she caused. Officer [Anthony] Luckey patted her on the back as she lay face down on the grass and expressed concern that she was ‘going to jail’.”

Five days after the incident, Albrecht-Payton underwent jaw surgery that left four screws in her jaw and her mouth closed for two weeks. She was allowed to eat soft foods for another six weeks, the lawsuit said.

Her physical and emotional injuries prevented her from sleeping or eating regularly, leaving her severely malnourished, the lawsuit said.

She was hospitalized from April 26 to 29, with her medical records stating that “she was in a state of excited delirium after her boyfriend was murdered right in front of her,” the lawsuit said.

In the months since, Albrecht-Payton was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder, the lawsuit said.