Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, has resigned. Potter had served 26 years on the force before the fatal encounter Sunday where officials said she mistakenly fired her handgun instead of her Taser.
Police Chief Tim Gannon, who yesterday released the body camera footage and characterized the shooting as an "accidental discharge," has also stepped down.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced the resignations at a press conference Tuesday.
"We're hoping that we're turning over a new leaf now," Elliott said.
Potter, who had previously served as president of the local police union and whose duties included training other officers, had initially been placed on administrative leave, but pressure had grown from community members to fire her. Critics had raised questions of how someone responsible for police training could have mistaken a Taser for a handgun.
Elliott said that he had not asked for her resignation, though yesterday he did express support for her firing.
"I'm hoping that this will help bring some calm to the community," he said. "Although I think ultimately people want justice, they want full accountability under the law, so that's what we're going to continue to work for."
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