Kim Potter, a police officer from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was identified as the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright after mistaking her weapon for a Taser. She is the president of the police association and a retired officer who previously worked as a law enforcement honor guard. Her full name is Kimberly Potter.
BCA wrote, “The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center,”
“Officer Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years. She is on standard administrative leave. Further personnel data are not public from the BCA under Minnesota law during an active investigation,”
Protests and looting erupted in Brooklyn Center after Wright’s death on the afternoon of April 11, 2021, and his bereaved family gathered there. Tensions are high in the city, which is just 15 minutes from the site of George Floyd’s death.
Police claim they did not find a pistol in Wright’s car when Potter shot him during a traffic stop. They said he attempted to re-enter his car before the officer shot him, and the chief showed traumatic footage from a police body-worn camera showing the officer screaming that she had a Taser before fatally shooting Wright.
Potter shot Wright at close range with a gun she had. Wright, 20, was publicly identified as the man shot by police, though his family had previously identified him to local media outlets in Minnesota.
Wright’s family said he was stopped because he had an air freshener in his vehicle, but police now believe he was stopped for having expired registration tags.
The chief said at a press conference that social media claims that the officer had committed suicide were inaccurate.
How Kim Potte Shot Daunte Wright?
The Brooklyn Center police chief released graphic bodycam footage at a news conference, which appears to back up his claim that the female officer who shot Wright mistook believed she was using her Taser.
Instead, she shot Wright at close range with her pistol, killing him, according to the video.
The bodycam recording begins about 1:20:00 into the video above. During a press conference, the chief said, “As I watch the video and listen to the officer’s commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,”
“This appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge.”
He added, “my heart goes out to Daunte’s family.”
Wright’s car is seen pulled over to the side of the road on the bodycam footage. Two male police officers, one on either side, approach it. Wright is ordered to exit the car, which he does.
From behind, a male officer begins handcuffing him. Wright was being arrested, according to Gannon, for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The female officer approaches at that stage. She places her hands on Wright’s arm to aid the male officer in arresting him.
Potter has served on the Brooklyn Center police department’s negotiating squad, according to the Star Tribune.
Ofc. Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright — but did she know the difference between a handgun and a taser? The facts:
‼️ 26 years as a police officer — She was 6 YEARS into her career when Daunte was BORN!
‼️ Serves as police union president
‼️ Defended questionable actions before… pic.twitter.com/M9eMU7Tyjw
Potter’s involvement in a previous police shooting, in which Kobe Dimock-Heisler was fatally shot after allegedly rushing officers with a knife, is described in a Hennepin County paper. She was one of the first on the scene, acting as union president, to counsel the police.
26 years in law enforcement and they want us to think that Officer Kim Potter grabbed her gun BY MISTAKE?!!!? Her taser is BRIGHT YELLOW and on the left side of her body! #DuanteWrightpic.twitter.com/fOlwb4ZFhf