The plaintiff is suing for bodily and emotional accidents from the incident.
A passenger sitting subsequent to Daunte Wright at some point of his police-concerned killing, has filed healthy in opposition to the town of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and ex-officer Kim Potter for the accidents and trauma she says became due to the incident.
Alayna Albrecht-Payton, 21, is looking for at least $150,000 in damages withinside the April eleven disagreement that critically injured her and killed Wright at once subsequent to her, in line with the lawsuit.
Albrecht-Payton, who were relationship Wright for multiple weeks earlier than the shooting, had testified withinside the trial in opposition to Potter in December 2021. In that trial, Potter claimed she mistook her firearm as a Taser and shot Wright, whose car then extended and crashed into every other SUV.
Since the trial, Potter has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 2 years in jail and Brooklyn Center agreed to pay a $3.25 million agreement to Wright’s family.
Now, Albrecht-Payton is suing Brooklyn Center and Potter for the PTSD that she stated she advanced from witnessing Wright’s demise and the intense accidents she sustained, such as a damaged jaw.
The lawsuit claims that Potter’s “negligent conduct” is the direct reason of Albrecht-Payton’s bodily and emotional accidents, and that Brooklyn Center is responsible for Potter’s moves as an officer of Brooklyn Center’s police branch at some point of the incident.
Albrecht-Payton’s attorney, Katie Bennett, advised ABC News that her patron is now looking for a lawsuit due to the fact she desires to preserve the humans concerned accountable.
“Albrecht-Payton became a innocent witness to this horribly stressful event,” Bennett stated.
Bennett stated that Albrecht-Payton required surgical treatment after the incident for her damaged jaw, had a concussion, punctured lips and became bleeding from her ears, and “now no longer to say the mental and emotional accidents which have been lifestyles altering,” she added.
Jason M. Hiveley, who’s representing Brooklyn Center and Potter, advised ABC News that he’s withinside the procedure of reviewing Albrecht-Payton’s clinical data and comparing their criminal defenses.
The court cases states that Potter endangered Albrecht-Payton’s protection and that of a close-by fellow Brooklyn Center police officer whilst she shot Wright.
When Wright’s car crashed into a close-by SUV after the shot, the lawsuit additionally alleges that Albrecht-Payton “bore the brunt” of the effect and regardless of her accidents “desperately” attempted to shop Wright as he “gasped for air.”
Instead of receiving help, responding officials held Albrecht-Payton at gunpoint and located her in handcuffs, in line with the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states that Albrecht-Payton became bleeding from the top and face whilst officials approached her, and he or she became introduced to the emergency room, wherein she became “critically distraught” and could not provide an explanation for to emergency offerings what had happened.
After firing a shot at Wright, main to the crash and in addition disagreement of Albrecht-Payton via way of means of different officials, Potter broke down at the lessen and started “wailing” rather than giving useful resource to Wright or Albrecht-Payton, the lawsuit stated.
Potter involved handiest approximately the effects to herself,” the lawsuit read. “She drew her fellow officials’ interest to herself and farfar from responding to the disaster she created. Officer [Anthony] Luckey patted her again as she lay face down at the grass, expressing her situation that she became ‘going to jail.'”
Five days after the incident, Albrecht-Payton underwent jaw surgical treatment that left 4 screws in her jaw and stressed out her mouth close for 2 weeks. She became handiest capable of consume smooth meals for every other six weeks, the lawsuit stated.
Her bodily and emotional accidents averted her from snoozing or consuming regularly, main her to emerge as critically malnourished, in line with the lawsuit.
She became hospitalized from April 26 – 29, together along with her clinical data declaring that “she became in an agitated delirium following her boyfriend being killed in the front of her eyes,” in line with the lawsuit.
In the months since, Albrecht-Payton has been recognized with post-stressful strain disorder, acute strain disorder, generalized tension disorder, and principal depressive disorder, the lawsuit stated.