“Pro-life” evangelical leader Franklin Graham offered support on Twitter for ex-cop Kim Potter who was found guilty of manslaughter for killing a Black man, Daunte Wright. Potter fired a gun, instead of her Tazer, at Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Graham noted that Potter was “devastated,” and lamented she was convicted of manslaughter (accidental killing).
When a wanted man resisted arrest in MN, Officer Kim Potter thought she had her taser in hand, but it was her pistol. She fired a single shot that took his life. She realized her tragic mistake & was devastated, yet she’s been found guilty of manslaughter. https://t.co/mJoFCHi6aA— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 30, 2021
Graham also defended police officers who kill people because they “aren’t perfect” and “make mistakes,” and told people to stand with these cops.
Law enforcement officers aren’t perfect. Human beings make mistakes. But this doesn’t change the fact that we need to stand with those who risk their lives every day. They work under extreme pressure and make split-second, life-and-death decisions.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 30, 2021
The Washington Post reports that U.S. police killed 900 people in 2021, far outpacing any other developed nation.
(Source: Franklin Graham/Twitter, The Washington Post, Photo Credits: Brooklyn Center Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff)