Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran who resigned from the Brooklyn Center police force, poses for a booking photograph at Hennepin County Jail for fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 14, 2021 in a combination of photographs.
Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran who resigned from the Brooklyn Center police force, poses for a booking photograph at Hennepin County Jail for fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 14, 2021 in a combination of photographs. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERS.

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Washington County Attorney’s Office charged former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Potter was arrested and is currently being held at the Hennepin County Jail. Concrete barricades and tall metal fencing have been set up around Potter’s home in Champlin, Minnesota.

Potter will be represented by defense lawyer Earl Gray, who also represents Thomas Lane. Lane is one of the officers charged in the death of George Floyd, along with Derek Chauvin. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced Monday that he will represent the Wright family.

Potter resigned on Tuesday, as did Police Chief Tim Gannon. 

“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 my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter stated in her resignation letter.

Mayor Mike Elliott said he has not yet accepted Potter’s resignation, leaving open the door to firing her. Terminating Potter’s employment could impact her pension and ability to find future work in law enforcement. The Brooklyn Center City Council called for Gannon to be fired before his resignation was submitted. Elliott expressed sympathy with protesters and said the council wants to send a message that the situation is being taken seriously.

Hundreds of local police, National Guard and state troopers deployed flash bangs and chemical irritants on protesters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Tuesday night. Authorities in riot gear declared the event an unlawful assembly and began making arrests after 9 p.m. after protesters jostled temporary fencing surrounding the department. Over 60 arrests were made. Protests have spread across the country in the days following Wright’s shooting death. President Joe Biden called for “peace and calm” on Monday, calling for protests to remain “peaceful.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Kim Potter, the Officer Who Fatally Shot Daunte Wright, and the Brooklyn Center Police Chief Have Both Resigned – The Root – 4/13/2021
At no point in her letter was there any regret, remorse, or even an offer of condolences to Wright’s family. As many have pointed out, it’s odd that she wrote she “loved every minute” of being a cop considering she just fatally shot someone while on-duty. Did she love those minutes as well?

Daunte Wright Shooting a Reminder That It’s Not Cops Who Should Fear for Their Lives During Traffic Stops – Reason – 4/13/2021
State authorities and their bootlickers try hard to convince us that police fear and subsequent overreaction during traffic stops is only rational in the face of the extreme danger such stops place them in. Traffic stops very frequently end badly for police, they say. But it’s actually not true that traffic stops are a major source of serious violence against police officers.

How Views On Black Lives Matter Have Changed — And Why That Makes Police Reform So Hard – FiveThirtyEight – 4/13/2021
Because many Americans are so split on what they want, police reform is often politicized — leading many Democrats to tread cautiously about saying they support “defunding the police.” President Biden, for instance, was careful ahead of Election Day to say he was in favor of a law enforcement overhaul and maintained that “most cops are good.”

Fired City Manager Defends His Call for Due Process for Brooklyn Center Cop – National Review – 4/13/2021
Curt Boganey, who’s worked for the city of Brooklyn Center since 2003 – including 15 years as city manager – said the process of terminating an officer “fundamentally requires fairness.” “What I was simply saying is that everyone is entitled to an examination of the facts before making a determination,” Boganey said in a brief telephone interview with National Review on Tuesday morning. “Sometimes that can be in a relatively short order.”

Brooklyn Center mayor in the spotlight after Daunte Wright shooting – Axios – 4/14/2021
While some have praised Elliott’s swift actions, the move to fire Boganey, who is Black, was concerning to state Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL), who has represented Brooklyn Center at the Capitol for 10 years. “I’m absolutely flabbergasted that he fired our city manager who has been here for quite some time and is a personal friend and does an excellent job,” Eaton told Axios. Eaton was also concerned about Elliott’s lack of experience to oversee the police department.

Daunte Wright shooting: Ex-Minnesota police officer Kim Potter to be charged with second-degree manslaughter – Fox News – 4/14/2021
Gannon on Monday, going against advice from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, made the decision to release body camera footage of the fatal incident. At his press conference, the chief said he believed the female officer intended to reach for her Taser, but grabbed her handgun instead, categorizing the incident as an “accidental discharge.”

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