Daunte Wright shooting: Officer Kim Potter, Chief Tim Gannon resign from police department
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright.
Wright, a 20-year-old, was pulled over by police on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
Officers realized Wright had an outstanding warrant and when he tried to get back into his car, police began to scuffle with him.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon released the body camera footage of the shooting and said he thought it was an accident.
“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s command, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said. “This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the officer who shot Wright as Kim Potter.
She was placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice after an officer is involved in a shooting.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report said Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot said he thinks Potter should be fired, but Chief Gannon said she deserves due process.
Potter, who was with the department for 26 years, resigned on Tuesday afternoon, KTSP reported.
— Tracy Maher (@tracym) April 13, 2021
Elliot made the announcement in a press conference on Tuesday. He also said that Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned.
Potter was also the president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officer’s Association, KSTP reported.
Ofc. Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright — but did she know the difference between a handgun and a taser? The facts:
‼️ 26 years as a police officer — She was 6 YEARS into her career when Daunte was BORN!
‼️ Serves as police union president
‼️ Defended questionable actions before… pic.twitter.com/M9eMU7Tyjw
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 13, 2021
In this role, she represented other officers involved in deadly shootings.
Daunte Wright’s aunt spoke with BNC Chief Legal Correspondent Dr. Laura McNeal about the emotions the family is going through.