New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – The Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright has resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Kim Potter said in a letter Tuesday that it’s “in the best interest of the community” for her to step down, two days after she fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man.
“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,” her resignation letter says.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned from the department on Tuesday.
Wright’s death on Sunday has been the subject of unrest and protests in Brooklyn Center, a city that borders Minneapolis.
On Monday, Gannon said he believes that the officer who killed Wright “had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”
Wright had been stopped by police at around 2 p.m. local time due to expired registration tags, and was shot after he allegedly attempted to flee when officers learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant, Gannon said.
Their resignations come amid a trial for Derek Chauvin, a fired Minneapolis cop charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.
Potter, 48, was identified Monday as the officer who fatally shot Wright. She worked in law enforcement for 26 years after getting her police license in 1995, when she was 22.
The shooting of Wright was captured in a police body camera video released Monday.
“I’ll tase you! I’ll tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” the officer is heard saying in the video.
“S–t, I just shot him,” she says.
Wright was pronounced dead after crashing several blocks away.
The city’s mayor, Mike Elliott, voiced support for the officer’s removal from the police force ahead of Potter’s resignation announcement.
“Let me be clear, we will get to the bottom of this,” Elliott said Monday. “We will do all that is within our power to make sure justice is done for Daunte Wright.”
Several counties in Minnesota instituted curfews Monday night into Tuesday morning following Wright’s death.
Many protesters continued to demonstrate outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department building beyond that 7pm curfew.