Officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright identified as Kim Potter
Potter, a 26-year veteran with the Brooklyn Center Police Department, served as union president. She is now on administrative leave.
The officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, 20, was identified as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran from the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Police Department.
Wright was killed after being stopped because an air freshener was hanging on the rearview mirror of his vehicle and the day was up.
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The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday has been identified as Kim A. Porter (above), a 26-year-old military veteran who served as a union leader. (LinkedIn)
In the footage from the body cameras shown at a press conference on Monday, Potter can be heard shouting "Taser" three times, then firing a shot. Immediately afterwards she said, "Holy s ***, I just shot him" as the car drove away.
"I believe the officer intended to use his taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet," said Tim Gannon, police chief of the Brooklyn Center, on Monday. "From my point of view, and from the officer’s reaction and grief immediately thereafter, this seems to me to be an accidental discharge that led to the tragic death of Mr. Wright."
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The shooting sparked protests in a part of Minnesota still affected by the assassination of George Floyd. It happened just 10 miles from where the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for his murder is taking place.
The Hennepin County coroner has classified Wright's death as murder. The young man's family has hired lawyer Ben Crump.
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Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott has announced that the city council has given him direct control of police operations. Elliott said he would help relieve Potter of her duty as an officer.
Potter is reportedly on administrative leave. She was previously president of the Brooklyn Center Police Union.
Wright's murder calls again to defuse the police.
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“Our hearts are aching right now. We're in pain right now, ”said Elliott. He said the shooting "couldn't have happened at a worse time" as the area prepares for a decision in the chauvinist trial.
"It is heartbreaking and unfathomable when police in our community shoot and kill a young man," he said. "Let me be clear: we will get to the bottom of this. We will do everything in our power to ensure Daunte Wright does justice. "
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