Brooklyn Center Police Chief, Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Police Chief Tim Gannon tendered his resignation on Tuesday amid public fury over the shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a police officer on Sunday afternoon.
Commander Tony Gruenig will step in as acting police chief.
Thousands of demonstrators in major cities across the United States have been gathering en masse to protest another recent string of incidents involving police officers using excessive and needlessly deadly force against unarmed Black men.
Wright was pulled over and subsequently killed because he had an air freshener dangling from his rear-view mirror, which violates state law. Officers also claim that he had expired license plates and an outstanding arrest warrant for a gross misdemeanor.
“As of this morning, we have the resignation — we have received a resignation letter from officer Kim Potter. And in addition to that, we have also received a letter of resignation from the police chief,” Elliott said at a news conference.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott told CNN on Tuesday afternoon that officer Kim Potter, the 26-year veteran of the police force who shot Wright, has also stepped down.
According to Potter’s body camera footage, which Gannon released shortly after the incident because he believed that the public “needed to know what happened,” Potter had intended to use her Taser to subdue Wright. Instead, she accidentally grabbed her gun and fired when Wright got back into his car and drove away, eventually hitting another vehicle.
Potter wrote in a letter to Gannon and Brooklyn Center City Manager Reggie Edwards that she “loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability.”
This is a developing story.