An officer-involved shooting of a 20-year-old Black man on Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has once again sparked a national debate over racism and policing, along with the now common violent rioting and destructive looting that follows.
The officer who fired the fatal shot in the traffic stop gone wrong, identified as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the force, tendered her resignation from the police department Tuesday, Breitbart reported.
Potter announced her resignation in a letter addressed to Brooklyn Center’s mayor, acting city manager, and police chief.
“I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately,” Potter wrote.
“I have loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability,” she added, “but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and to my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”
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Charged with second-degree manslaughter
Roughly 24 hours after Potter’s resignation was made public, the now-former officer was arrested and charged over her role in the shooting death of Daunte Wright, NBC News reported.
Wright had been pulled over for a traffic violation, upon which officers discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest. As an officer tried to cuff Wright, however, he struggled to break free and jump back into his vehicle, at which point Potter — in an apparent mistake, based on bodycam footage — attempted to use her Taser but instead used her handgun to fire a single fatal shot at Wright.
According to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, a charge that could result in up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Police chief resigns
On the same day that Potter resigned from the force, so too did Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, Fox News reported.
Gannon, who had been with the force for five years, came under fire for initially standing in defense of the officers involved in the incident and for describing what happened as unintentional and an accident.
An unidentified member of the department described Gannon as a “good, dedicated man” and said they were “so sad to see him go.” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot, who was granted “command authority” over the department by the city council, named Tony Gruening, a 19-year veteran of the force, to be the interim police chief until a permanent replacement is chosen.