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Kim Potter, veteran Brooklyn Center officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, resigns

The Brooklyn Center police chief and the white cop who killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, after apparently mistaking his handgun for a Taser, have both resigned.

“I 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 interest of the community, the department and my fellow police officers that I resign immediately,” officer kim potter said in a letter announcing his resignation to Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and other city .

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Elliott also announced that Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon had resigned from the department. Tony Gruenig, a 19-year veteran, would step in as the interim chef, he said.

“I don’t have any prepared statement, I’m just trying to take a step forward and fill a leadership role right now,” Gruenig said Tuesday. “It’s very chaotic at the moment, I just got informed less than half an hour ago, or an hour ago, of the whole change of status. There is just a lot of right now. He said the ministry “was just trying to figure out the situation.”

Authorities say Potter, a 26-year-old Brooklyn Center Police Department veteran, shot Wright, a 20-year-old black man, in the chest after arresting him for expired car tags.

After officers ran out of his name, they found an outstanding warrant for serious misdemeanor and attempted to take him into custody, police said. Body camera footage from the encounter shows an officer pulling Wright out of his car to handcuff him, but he then tries to get inside – causing a chaotic struggle that ends with Potter pulling out a gun and firing a single stroke.

Potter can be heard shouting “Taser Taser!” before realizing she actually used her gun. “Holy shit, I shot him,” she says in the footage.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said his office was conducting a “thorough but expedited” review of the . If criminal charges are justified, his office said, they will be drafted on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In 2019, Potter – who was then president of the police union – was the first cop to at the scene of a police shooting that killed a 21-year-old with autism.

“Officer Potter ordered Constables Turner and Akers to leave the residence, get into separate cars, turn off their body-worn cameras and not speak to each other,” a report released by the Hennepin County District Attorney. No charges have been laid in this .



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