Kim Potter, Minnesota Police Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright, 20, Resigns From the Service
Kim Potter, the Minnesota police officer who killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright this month, has resigned from service this week.
Kim Potter, the police officer responsible for the death of Daunte Wright, 20, has resigned from the force after 26 years of service on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
Potter sent her letter of notice to city officials earlier this week. She said that she would be resigning immediately. Tim Gannon, Minnesota's police chief, also announced his departure this week.
The 48-year-old police officer wrote that it was in her colleagues, the department, and the community's best interest if she resigned immediately from the department.
She noted that she loved her time as an officer and serving the community. Potter had been an officer at Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years and was first licensed as a police officer in 1995.
BREAKING: The 26-year veteran officer Kim Potter who shot and killed #DaunteWright has just resigned!— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) April 13, 2021
Wright's parents have acknowledged her resignation but hope she will be prosecuted. His mom was on a phone call with Wright at the time of the shooting. She explained that he sounded scared as he was being pulled over.
Wright's mother had told him to hand the phone over to police officers so she could explain details of the car's registration and insurance. However, he was instructed to put his phone down and step out of the vehicle.
This is #DaunteWright and his son Duante Wright Jr.— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) April 12, 2021
Earlier today Duante Sr. was shot to death during a traffic stop reportedly about an air freshener obstructing a mirror.
He was 20 years old and killed by a Brooklyn Center Police Officer in MN. He was unarmed. pic.twitter.com/p3VOOiaLK8
The officers had found an outstanding warrant and went to make an arrest. Wright managed to get free of the handcuffs, get back in his car and drive off. As he was driving away, Potter shot him.
Protests and clashes with the police broke out in Minnesota for two nights following Wright's death. The city is already tense as Derek Chauvin's trail, a former officer charged with George Floyd's death, is underway.
I’m in Minnesota to write about the Derek Chauvin trial but 20 miles away a 20 year old black man named Dante Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police during a traffic stop. Crowds are gathered at the police precinct. pic.twitter.com/f8B8UNmxKa— jelani cobb (@jelani9) April 12, 2021
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott, who previously called for Potter to be relieved from her position, said he hoped that her resignation would calm the community and its members.
Elliot shared that Potter was not asked to resign and that her resignation was her own decision. Neither Elliot nor other officials could confirm whether she would keep her pension or be allowed to transfer to another department.
Officer Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright. She has been a cop for 25 years/president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officer's Association, and can’t tell the difference between a taser and a glock. pic.twitter.com/ELkbAmFshU— BallerAlert (@balleralert) April 13, 2021
Before her resignation, she was placed on administrative leave after she shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Gannon shared details of the case during a press conference on Monday.
Gannon said he believed that the shooting was accidental as Potter had reached for her taser but fired her gun instead. In body camera footage, Potter was heard warning Wright that she would use a taser on him.