Minnesota Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright Resigns
Written by Black Voices on April 13, 2021
The Minneapolis-area officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright has resigned.
Brooklyn Middle police officer Kim Potter provided her resignation Tuesday in a letter to metropolis officers, two days after pulling out her gun and fatally capturing Wright, who was Black. (Potter claims she meant to take out her Taser.) Potter was instantly placed on administrative depart after the incident, pending an investigation.
“I imagine it’s in one of the best curiosity of the group, the division, and my fellow officers if I resign instantly,” Potter wrote.
Brooklyn Middle Police Chief Tim Gannon additionally resigned Tuesday.
Potter’s resignation comes after Brooklyn Middle’s metropolis council voted Monday to fireside Metropolis Supervisor Curt Boganey — who was in control of police personnel — and put Mayor Mike Elliott’s workplace in control of the police division.
“At such a troublesome time, it will streamline issues and set up a sequence of command and management,” Elliott tweeted on the time.
At a press convention on Monday, Boganey stated that Potter, then unidentified, will get “due course of with respect to self-discipline.” At that very same press convention, Elliott stated that he absolutely helps relieving the officer of her duties.
Potter shot and killed Wright on Sunday after pulling him over for a visitors violation. Bodycam footage exhibits officers arresting Wright outdoors of his car for what they discovered was an impressive warrant. Whereas Wright was attempting to climb again into his automobile, Potter repeatedly yelled “Taser!” when she shot a single bullet in his chest.
Wright’s loss of life has elevated tensions between legislation enforcement and group members, with reignited demonstrations within the face of elevated police presence. The realm was already experiencing excessive stress amid the continuing homicide trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, whose killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests towards police brutality.
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