By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
On April 12, police officer Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright in a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.
However, it is claimed that his death was accidental, with the officer pulling out her gun instead of her taser by accident. In the body cam footage provided by the police station, Potter was seen pointing her gun at Wright, repeatedly saying how she is going to tase him.
Wright was originally stopped due to an expired registration tag linked to his car, and the officers determined that he had an “outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant” linked to his name. When the officers tried to take the driver into custody and he attempted to re-enter his car, where his girlfriend was sitting, Potter discharged her firearm.
According to the police chief of the Brooklyn Center Police, Tim Gannon, “the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser… It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright”.
Potter’s reaction after she discharged her weapon appeared distressed, yelling “Holy s—, I just shot him”.
She is now on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.