Report: Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright Was Head Of The Police Union

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The Minnesota police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center on Sunday has been identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to local news station KSTP.

The BCA identified the long-time veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department as Officer Kim Potter. 

Potter has worked for the department for nearly 25 years and is president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officer’s Association. In that role, she has represented other officers involved in deadly shootings.

Potter had been placed on administrative leave, but NBC News reported Tuesday that she and the Brooklyn Center police chief have both resigned.

Kim Potter, a 26-year department veteran, fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, which classified the manner of death as a homicide. Her union announced her resignation.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot announced on Tuesday that Police Chief Tim Gannon would also be resigning.

Potter said in her resignation letter: “I have loved very 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.”

Before resigning, Gannon said he believes the officer meant to draw a Taser but “drew their handgun instead of their Taser.” A short clip of body camera footage released Monday showed Wright attempting to get back in his car as a female voice could be heard shouting “Taser!”

That same female voice could be heard saying, “Holy s— I just shot him,” as the car pulled away, police said.

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Image credit: Screengrab / WCCO – CBS Minnesota / YouTube

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