Who is Kim Potter?
Kim Potter is the officer who shot and Killed Daunte Wright on 11th April 2021 after he resisted arrest and re-entered his vehicle during a traffic stop. She is the head of the police unit and a senior officer in law enforcement, serving on the honor guard.
The shooting sparked protests and demonstrations in Brooklyn Center, including looting at several businesses, leading to a citywide curfew on April 11. Unrest also spread overnight in parts of nearby Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Kim Potter Biography/Wikipedia
Officer Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years. It is reserved for standard administrative leave. Personnel data other than BCA under Minnesota law is not publicly available during an active investigation. “Her full name is Kimberly Potter.
Officer Potter has been placed on administrative leave and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating Wright’s death. Sources tell WCCO Monday night that Potter will be represented by attorney Earl Gray. He is currently representing ex-Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was involved in the deadly arrest of George Floyd last year. Gray also represented former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted in the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights.
The Minnesota National Guard has been activated a day after Wright was killed. Curfews will be in place Monday night in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The incident, which occurred just miles from where George Floyd died, resulted in clashes between protesters and police. Looting and unrest also spilled into Minneapolis.
The Hennepin County medical examiner determined the manner of death to be homicide on April 11, concluding that Wright had “died of a gunshot wound of the chest”.
In a press conference on April 12, the Brooklyn Center police said a female officer intended to use a taser on Wright, but pulled out her gun instead.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launched an investigation of the shooting.
The incident occurred in Hennepin County. The officer’s conduct is under review by Washington County per an agreement with other metropolitan counties to handle officer-involved shootings in such a way as to avoid a perceived conflict of interest. The officer who shot Wright was placed on administrative leave by the Brooklyn Center police pending further investigation.
Protests and unrest
Following the shooting, mourners and protesters gathered near the scene to demand justice for Wright. Several protesters came from another rally organized by families of people who had been killed by police that occurred earlier in the day in nearby Saint Paul, Minnesota. Police with riot control equipment attempted to restrain the crowd of several hundred people outside of a police precinct. Some in the crowd became unruly, hurling projectiles such as rocks at officers. There was also looting, as more than 20 businesses were damaged in the riot, and police vehicles were vandalized.