Who is Kim Potter?
Kim Potter is a Minnesota police officer who allegedly shot and killed Daunte Wright after mistakenly thinking her gun was a Taser on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Potter was caught on bodycam footage Sunday thinking she was firing a Taser at the 20-year-old — instead gasping, “Holy s–t. I just shot him!”
Minnesota officials on Monday identified the police officer who shot Daunte Wright as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and said she had been placed on administrative leave.https://t.co/aaDLwdgoIx
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 13, 2021
How old is Kim Potter?
Kim Potter is 48 years old as of the year 2021.
Kim Potter Biography
According to her LinkedIn page, Kim Potter has worked for Brooklyn Center as a police officer for 26 years and three months. According to the Star Tribune, Potter has serviced on the Brooklyn Center police department’s negotiation team.
A report from Hennepin County describes Potter’s role in a previous police shooting, in which Kobe Dimock-Heisler was fatally shot after allegedly rushing officers with a knife. Acting as union president, she was one of the first to the scene to advise the officers.
“Officer Kim Potter, a police officer with the Brooklyn Center Police Department (BCPD) for 24 years, was among the first to arrive,” the report says.
Kim Potter Husband, Family
Potter is the mother of two adult sons and her husband is a former Fridley, Minnesota, police officer. Her sons are ages 19 and 22 according to public records. Potter’s husband is now a corporate investigator with a major company. The husband has a picture of a skull with a thin blue line flag as his cover picture on Facebook. “God Bless you and Kim for protecting and serving us!!” a friend wrote on his page a couple of years ago.
He worked for Fridley police for more than 26 years. He also served as a task force officer for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Kim Potter Brooklyn
Potter is the police union president and a veteran officer who served as a law enforcement honor guard.
“The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center,” BCA wrote in a news release.
Kim Potter Police Officer
“Officer Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years. She is on standard administrative leave. Further personnel data are not public from the BCA under Minnesota law during an active investigation,” according to the release. Her full name is Kimberly Potter.
Kim Potter Facebook
According to a DA’s office report, Potter is the department’s police union president; she has been a member of the “casket team” honor guard for the Law Enforcement Memorial Association. She is 48 years old and a registered Republican.
A Facebook post from the union, the Brooklyn Center Police Officers Association, indicates that Kim Potter became union president in 2019. “Let’s see if the new President is watching what the other page admins are posting 🙂 ~. She has a long affiliation with the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA). Maybe she’ll take a bow and post a few pics?” the post reads.
Kim Potter Salary
According to GovSalaries, Kimberly A. Potter in 2019 had an annual salary of $90,513.
Kim Potter Minnesota
Potter shot Wright in a traffic stop; police say they did not find a weapon in Wright’s car. He tried to re-enter his vehicle before the officer shot him, and the chief played traumatic video from a police body-worn camera that shows the officer shouting that she had a Taser before fatally shooting Wright.
Authorities formally named Wright as the man shot, and his family had earlier named him at the scene to local media outlets in Minnesota.
Wright’s family claimed that he was pulled over due to an air freshener hanging in his car, but police now say that he was actually pulled over for having expired registration tags. In a news conference, the chief said social media reports that the officer had died by suicide were false.
Kim Potter Bodycam
A graphic bodycam video released by the Brooklyn Center police chief in a news conference appears to back up his contention that the female officer who shot Wright mistakenly thought she was using her Taser. Instead, she used her handgun and shot Wright at close range.
The bodycam footage starts at about 1:20:00 into the above video. The bodycam video also shows Wright’s car pulled over to the side of the road. Two male police officers approach it, one on either side. Wright is asked to step out of the vehicle and does.
Daunte Wright Kim Potter
A male officer starts handcuffing him from behind. Gannon said Wright was being arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
At that time, the female officer approaches. She puts her hands on Wright’s arm to assist the male officer in taking him into custody.
Wright then breaks away from the officers and tries to get back into his car. A struggle ignites. “I’ll tase you! I’ll tase you!” she shouts to Wright in the video, weapon drawn. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” But when she fires, it’s her firearm, not her Taser. “Holy s***, I just shot him,” she says.
Daunte Wright Taser
“She has the right to be heard. She has the right to give her statement. She has a right to tell what she felt, what she thought. Not what I thought. Not what I saw. But what she thought,” Chief Gannon said. “She will not be returning to duty until this investigation has run its course.
“As you can hear, the officer while struggling with Mr. Wright shouts, ‘Taser, Taser’ several times. That is a part of the officer’s training prior to deploying a Taser, which is a less-lethal device. That is done to make her partners aware, as well as the subject, that a Taser deployment will be imminent.
“During this encounter, however, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” Gannon explained.
Kim Potter Fired
Potter is on administrative leave, but the mayor wants her to lose her job. However, Brian Peters, head of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Potter was working Sunday as a field training officer, training a new officer.
The mayor of Brooklyn Center, Mike Elliott, called for the officer to be fired.
After Wright’s death, protests and looting broke out in Brooklyn Center, and his distraught family gathered at the scene.