Minnesota cop, police chief resign following police killing of Daunte Wright

Police Say Minnesota Officer Meant To Draw Taser, Not Handgun, In Traffic Stop Shooting
Christian Monterrosa

People gather in protest, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The family of Daunte Wright, 20, told a crowd that he was shot by police Sunday before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing the vehicle several blocks away. The family said Wright was later pronounced dead. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb has resigned. The Brooklyn Center police chief has also resigned.

Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center. Potter, a veteran officer who spent 26-years on the force, was identified by authorities Monday as the officer who shot Wright.

She sent a resignation letter to the mayor and police chief Tuesday morning. According to the letter, her resignation is effective immediately.

“I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately,” the statement reads. “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.”

Potter was initially placed on administrative leave following the shooting. Police said they initially pulled over Wright for an expired registration tag before learning he had an outstanding warrant stemming from two misdemeanor charges.

When the officer tried to handcuff Wright, he struggled to get back in his car. Potter can be seen on body camera footage yelling she would tase Wright, but she shot him instead.