Five stories to know for April 15: Officer Kim Potter arrested for Daunte Wright shooting, Derek Chauvin day 13 recap, Supreme Court packing, Matt Gaetz sex trafficking case and U.S. sanctions on Russia
1. Kim Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter. The white police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop in Minnesota. The shooting escalated tensions in a region already on edge over the ongoing trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the use of deadly force last May against George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was suspected of passing a bogus $20 bill. Potter, a 26-year department veteran, was arrested but released on bail hours later. Her first court appearance was set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (1830 GMT).
2. Derek Chauvin trial day 13: A medical expert who testified in defense of Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, told jurors he believed George Floyd died while under arrest as a result of heart disease.
3. Democrats plan to introduce legislation to expand the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices. President Biden announced the formation of a commission last week to study the court's structure, including the number of justices and their length of service.Republicans oppose what they call 'Supreme court packing.'
4. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives would take action against embattled Republican congressman Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally charges him.
5. The United States will announce sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday for alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity, targeting several individuals and entities, sources say.on interference and malicious cyber activity, targeting several individuals and entities, sources say.
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