Kim Potter, the police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday, has resigned, as has the city’s police chief.
Potter, a 26-year veteran police officer, repeatedly shouted, “Taser!” before firing one fatal shot into Wright’s car. Tim Gannon, the former police chief, said that Potter had mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser.
Wright’s parents don’t accept that explanation. “I lost my son,” Aubrey Wright, Daunte’s father, said in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America today. “He’s never coming back. I can’t accept that.”
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability,” Potter wrote in her resignation letter, “but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
Watch Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announce the resignations below:
Brooklyn Center, MN, Mayor Mike Elliott announces the resignations of Kim Potter, the officer who killed Daunte Wright, and Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. pic.twitter.com/oSWpfGiTa6
— The Recount (@therecount) April 13, 2021