The second refers to the shooting of another Black man, Isaiah Brown, by a Virginia deputy who mistook a cordless house phone the man was holding for a gun. He was shot repeatedly and ended up in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds.
The third refers to the well-known tragic case of Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by George Zimmerman who claimed he thought Martin’s pack of Skittles for a gun. He was only 17 years old.
In each of those instances, an officer mistook a non-deadly object for a gun. The grim irony of this case is that Potter mistook a deadly weapon for an item which is typically non-deadly.
The case was seen by many as a test of whether the justice system will hold police accused of excessive force accountable.
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