The police officer who shot Daunte Wright is facing a swift turn of fortunes.
Kim Potter resigned Tuesday after 26 years along with the police chief of Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb, The Hill reported.
She is expected to be charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
“In the best interest of the community”
“I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately,” Potter said.
“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 to my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” she added.
Police were attempting to arrest Wright, who had an outstanding warrant, during a traffic stop Sunday when he tried to flee, and a scuffle ensued. That’s when, according to ex-chief Tim Gannon, Potter mistook her gun for a Taser and shot Wright. Bodycam footage shows Wright shouting “Taser! Taser! Taser!” and then “Holy s***, I shot him.”
Warrant for choking, robbing woman
Wright had an outstanding warrant for choking and attempting to rob a woman at a gunpoint.
He and a friend had been to the woman’s house for a party in December 2019 and stayed the night. As they left the next morning, they tried to steal $820 from her.
Wright allegedly choked the woman and threatened to kill her, but they eventually left without the money.
Tensions are high after Wright’s death, which has led to three consecutive nights of riots in Brooklyn Center. Another 79 people were arrested Tuesday night, as rioters attempted to take down a fence outside the police station and threw bricks and bottles at police.
“Unfortunately again, some citizens decided to come out and throw these bricks and these other items at law enforcement and this type of behavior is not acceptable and we’re just, quite frankly, not going to tolerate it,” said Booker Hodges, of the Minnesota Department for Public Safety. This comes as the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, is facing trial, leaving many to fear more riots if he is acquitted.
Potter has reportedly fled her home after her address was leaked.