Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center police force, was placed on administrative leave after an incident took place on Sunday, where the officer discharged a firearm, allegedly believing it to be her taser. The shot fatally wounded Daunte Wright during a traffic stop for an expired registration tag.
According to the New York Post, the city council voted to fire both Potter and police chief, Tim Gannon, but the two submitted their resignations following the announcement.
The event unfolded Sunday with Potter and two other officers arresting Wright. He then re-entered his vehicle and during the struggle to remove him, Potter un-holstered her pistol screaming “Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot into Wright. The car then sped away with Potter shouting, “Holy s**t, I just shot him!”
The tragic event left Wright’s family devasted, with his parents speaking out Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. Both Katie and Aubrey Wright do not believe it was an accident and explained during their interview that “I can’t accept that – a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right. This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”
For many, including Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot, justice is not only warranted but necessary for the cop who killed Daunte Wright.
“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of other people in our profession,” Elliot said on Monday during a press conference.
According to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Elliot hopes that Potter stepping down will bring peace to the community, though he knows that what people ultimately want is justice.
“We have to make sure justice is served,” he said Tuesday. “… Daunte Wright deserves that.”
Kim Potter’s letter of resignation was delivered Tuesday, with only two sentences briefly outlining the end of her law enforcement career. “I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” she wrote in the letter.
The resignation may not be enough to quell the civil unrest and protests following the tragic shooting. CBS News reported on the second night of riots, looting, and the active curfew in Hennepin County. Despite Minnesota National Guard members, tear gas, and flashbangs, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets to chant outside police headquarters.
The combination of the recent killing of Daunte Wright and the trial of Derek Chauvin has intensified the anger, especially since the fatal incident on Sunday occurred only 10 miles from where George Floyd was suffocated to death.
The continuous examples of police brutality have amplified frustrations in the Minnesota community, as well as the United States as a whole.
While Kim Potter’s quick firing by the city council and subsequent resignation is a step forward, it may not be enough to satisfy those seeking justice for the late Daunte Wright.