Minnesota State Officials Identify Officer Who Fatally Shot Daunte Wright

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified Kim Potter as the police officer who shot Daunte Wright, killing him, at a traffic stop.

BCA said in a statement on April 12 that Officer Kim Potter has been in the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years, but did not indicate further details on her long career as an officer.

“Further personnel data are not public from the BCA under Minnesota law during an active investigation,” BCA stated.

City officials announced at a press conference earlier in the day that Potter has been placed on standard administrative leave, following the shooting incident where she killed Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in what officials described as an “accidental discharge.”

However, Mayor Mike Elliot called for Potter to be fired.

“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,” Elliot, the city’s first Black mayor, said.

Elliot also announced that the City Council had given him direct control over police operations.


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