Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright resigns along with police chief

Both Kim Potter, the white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot the Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, and her chief of police, Tim Gannon, have resigned.

On Monday, Gannon told reporters Potter meant to fire her Taser stun gun at Wright but fired her service weapon by mistake, killing the 20-year-old.

On footage released to the public, Potter can be heard to say: “Holy shit, I just shot him.”

Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, has seen two nights of protests over the killing. The area was already on alert over the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, in Minneapolis last May.

In a letter to civic leaders in Brooklyn Center, released to the public on Tuesday, Potter said she had “loved” serving for 26 years but it was “in the best interest of the community, the department and my fellow officers if I resign immediately”.

Gannon also resigned effective immediately. KSTP-TV, an ABC affiliate station, reported that Tony Greunig would become acting chief.

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