Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department both submitted resignations today. Mayor Mike Elliott said he hoped the resignations would help heal the community as they move toward reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, 20.
Elliott said he was “appreciative” that Potter submitted her resignation but that he had not asked for it. Elliott said he was not sure if it was because she had heard that she would soon be fired. He said he hoped her resignation would “bring some calm to the community,” but that he would keep working towards “full accountability under the law.”
The mayor said the new police leadership was committed to working with community leaders and protesters, who say Wright was racially profiled.
“We’re hoping that we’re turning over a new leaf now,” he said. “I’m confident of that now.”