Updated: April 13, 2021 06:15 PM
Created: April 13, 2021 12:49 PM
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter has resigned from her position effective immediately, according to a release Tuesday. Potter resigned on Tuesday, two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. The Brooklyn Center police chief said he believes Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun Sunday when she was going for her Taser.
Potter has submitted her resignation letter to city staff. Dated April 13, the statement reads:
Dear Mayor Elliot, Mr. Edwards and Chief Gannon:
I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately. 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.
Officer Kim Potter
Potter can be heard on her body camera video shouting “Taser! Taser!”
Activists say Wright was racially profiled. His death has sparked two days of clashes between police and protesters.
According to KSTP, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced Police Chief Tim Gannon has also submitted his resignation during a press conference on Tuesday.
Two experienced officers will lead the department in the meantime. Tony Gruenig, who has served on the Brooklyn Center PD for 19 years, will be acting chief.
"There's just a lot of chaos going on right now. We're just trying to wrap our heads around the situation and try and create some calm," he said. "And that can kind of transition into we'd like some calm for the community, just some pause and community calming."
Mayor Elliott emphasized Gruenig's experience with community policing.
"We want the community to know that this leadership for the department here, these are two individuals who are -- and the acting chief in particular -- they both are committed, committed to engaging the community, engaging people who are out here protesting," Elliott said. "That's the message we want to send."
There are curfews in place for several metro area cities Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
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