Breaking: Ex-officer Kim Potter Who Shot And Killed Daunte Wright Arrested, Booked In Jail
Published in Apr 2021 / Updated in Aug 2021
Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer, has been locked up at Hennepin County Jail. She has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
She is being held without bail.
The former police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright at a traffic stop.
Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney, made the announcement that the woman was facing manslaughter charges.
Potter was among other officers who pulled Wright over for expired tags in Brooklyn Center. The officers then discovered that the young man also had a warrant of arrest for misdemeanor charges.
As a police officer was handcuffing Wright outside his car, he got back into the driver’s seat.
Police body cam video shows Potter shouting “Taser! Taser!” before shooting Wright. After that, she said, “Holy s***, I just shot him.”
After he was shot, Wright’s car moves for a short distance before hitting another vehicle. He died on the scene, and the medical examiner ruled his death to be a homicide.
The police chief at the time, Tim Gannon, argued in a news conference that Potter intended to taser Wright although she accidentally shot him. The next day, Gannon and Potter handed in their resignation letters to the police force.
Later, a vote was taken to decide Gannon’s fate. The vote by the Brooklyn Center City Council was in favor of firing former police chief Tim Gannon.
Although Kim Potter also tendered her resignation, it has not yet been accepted. Chances are that she will get fired.
Through the media, mayor Mike Elliott confirmed that Potter’s resignation had not yet been accepted by the force even though the council had already voted Gannon out of his position. According to Elliot, there was still a possibility that Potter could still get fired for killing Wright:
“We’re still working through our own processes, and making sure that we take the steps that are necessary to… accept the resignation.”