A white Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a Black man, at a traffic stop, and the police chief have resigned on April 13, two days after the incident.
“I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter wrote in her one-paragraph resignation letter.
Mayor Mike Elliott said at a news conference that he was “appreciative” that Potter had resigned.
Elliot also said that he hoped Potter’s resignation would “bring some calm to the community” after two nights of protests over Wright’s death.
But Elliot also said they will continue to work for “full accountability under the law.”
“We have to make sure that justice is served, justice is done. Daunte Wright deserves that. His family deserves that,” Elliott said.
Elliott previously called for Potter to be fired. He relieved Deputy City Manager Curt Boganey of his duties last April 12 after Boganey countered the call.
Elliott also announced Deputy Police Chief Tony Gruenig as the new acting police chief, who immediately came under criticism from activists present in the news conference when asked about plans to improve the police department.
“I was only appointed police chief an hour ago. I don’t have a plan,” Gruenig said, but promised to work on the process.
Last April 11, police pulled over Wright’s vehicle for having expired license plates. When he re-entered his vehicle in an attempt to escape arrest, Potter fatally shot him in close range.
Gannon said he believed Potter, a 26-year-veteran, mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her taser. Her body camera footage showed that she shouted “taser” several times before firing.
However, protesters and Wright’s family said there was no excuse for the shooting.
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