Apr 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright identified as Kim Potter
Police on Monday identified the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a weekend traffic stop near Minneapolis as Kim Potter.
Details: Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years, the The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in an emailed statement.
- The BCA said she's on standard administrative leave, but would not disclose any further details, citing the active investigation into Wright's death.
The big picture: Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop just before 2 p.m. Sunday in Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year.
- Police said earlier the officer had inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a Taser.
- The Hennepin County medical examiner has said Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest.