Who is Kim Potter?
- Potter joined the department in 1995
- The 48-year-old served as the President of the Police Union in 2019
- Potter has been previously involved in such fatal shootings
Officer Kim Potter of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, who has been at the centre of another high-profile killing of a Black person by a White police officer in the state of Minnesota, has been a part of the law enforcement authorities since 1995 and has been in the line of duty for 26 years.
The 48-year-old has held multiple positions in the police department including the position of field training officer, a place on the department's negotiation team and most recently served as the President of the Police Union, according to the Tribune.
After the Sunday incident, which led to the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright after a routine traffic stop after Potter allegedly drew a gun instead of a Taser and shot a single bullet, the police veteran handed in her resignation to the Brooklyn Police Center Department. The letter read that Potter "loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability", reported CNN.
Moreover, this has not been the first instance where Potter has been directly involved in a case that led to police opting to open fire at a suspect. In 2019, police officials from the same department were directed by Potter to use fatal force on the suspect after switching off their bodycams. However, state authorities later ruled the act as lawful under the regulations of Minnesota and officers were not subject to any formal charges.
Similar to the killing of George Floyd in May last year, the death of Wright has flared up protests in the United States demanding the abandonment of racial profiling policies in the country. The recent clashes between law enforcement authorities of Minnesota and the protesters have also turned violent.