Identified officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot and killed a black man during a traffic obstruction on Sunday has been identified as a 26-year-old veteran Kimberly Potter.
The 48-year-old official’s identity was released Monday night by the Department of Public Security’s Department of Public Security’s Bureau of Justice in Minnesota.
Potter licensed her Minnesota Police Officer in 1995 and at the age of 22, and began working for the Brooklyn Center Police Department shortly thereafter. This is evident from government records examined by the Star Tribune, which first named the officer.
During her career, Potter served on the department’s negotiating team, the newspaper reported.
Potter was taken on administrative leave following the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
Brooklyn Center police chief Time Gannon said the officer mistook her gun for a taser.
The police bodycam footage released on Monday showed officers how he “Taser! Taser! “when others were fighting with Wright in his car.
The video shows Wright getting out of his car, getting back behind the wheel and driving off.
“Holy s – t” you can hear the officer say on the video. “I just shot him!”
Potter is married to a former cop. She has two grown sons, according to the Tribune.
In August 2019, she was one of the first officers to respond to the police shooting of Kobe Dimock-Heisler, the report said.
Two officers involved in the shooting were ordered by Potter to “leave the residence, get into separate patrol cars, turn off their body-worn cameras, and not speak to each other,” according to a Hennepin prosecutor’s report.
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