The police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright and the Brooklyn Center police chief have both resigned.
Brooklyn Centre Mayor Mike Elliot confirmed in a statement that he has accepted the resignations of both Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon. Mayor Mike Elliot also noted that due to the ongoing investigation, he will be unable to provide any more information at this stage. Kim Potter’s resignation note was included in the mayor’s statement, it read “I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Centre Police Department, effective immediately. I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
Gannon made the decision Monday to release body-camera footage showing the fatal encounter. A female officer can be heard yelling, “Taser, Taser, Taser,” before a single shot goes off. The police chief said at a previous news conference Monday that he believed the officer intended to grab her Taser, but reached for her handgun instead, categorizing the incident as an “accidental discharge.” Daunte Wright was shot during a traffic stop 10 miles from where George Floyd was pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin. Kim Potter was arrested and has since been released on $100,000 bail.
A prosecutor has said that he will charge potter with second degree manslaughter for the death of Daunte Wright. Potter who is a 26-year veteran and former training officer intended to use her taser on Wright, but fired her handgun instead. Kim Potter’s attorney did not immediately comment to the media. The Wright family attorney is grateful for the criminal case, but has disputed that the killing was accidental and that an experienced police officer should know the difference between a taser and a handgun. Concrete barricades and tall metal fencing had been set up around Potter’s home in Champlin, north of Brooklyn Center, with police cars guarding the driveway. This is not the first time an officer has shot someone with their gun after mistaking it for their taser; the same incident has occurred in 2019, 2018, and 2014.
The recent shooting has caused days of unrest between protestors and police. The Mayor has confirmed that he has reached out to Daunte Wright’s father. “Yesterday, I was able to speak with Daunte Wright’s father and express our condolences on behalf of the city. I want to bring you all up to speed on a number of events that transpired yesterday, including events that transpired today,” Elliott said Tuesday. “That is our commitment is to continue to be open and transparent and continue to provide information on this evolving crisis.”
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