Resignations announced for police chief, officer involved in death of Duante Wright

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(MINNESOTA) — The officer who shot and killed Duante Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop announced her resignation Tuesday.  Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon has also resigned.

The officer accused of killing Wright has been identified as Kim Potter, who served in the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police department for 26 years.  Her resignation was effective immediately.

Gannon came under fire following Monday’s press conference where he expressed belief that Potter “accidentally” discharged her weapon, saying she may have intended to use a Taser.  Gannon submitted his resignation Tuesday, as well.

In a publicly released letter to city officials, Potter wrote, “I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott confirmed to ABC News the city did not ask Potter to resign and that he has yet to accept her resignation.

Wright died Sunday afternoon after officers pulled him over on a traffic violation for driving with an expired registration tag.  During the stop, officers discovered he had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant.

Wright fled when officers tried arresting him and, as he got back in his vehicle, Potter discharged her firearm.  Wright sped off and crashed the vehicle a few blocks away, where he died from his injuries pertaining to the gunshot. 

Officers had “attempted life saving measures” but were unsuccessful in reviving him.

Wright’s aunt, Nyesha Wright, spoke with reporters Tuesday and expressed hope for Potter to be held “at the highest extent of the law.”

“She was the law,” said Nyesha Wright. “She is supposed to protect and serve.”  

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