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Kim Potter biography: 13 things about Brooklyn Center, Minnesota cop who shot Daunte Wright

Kimberly “Kim” A. Potter is a white woman from Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She is married to Jeff Potter, a former police officer in Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota. They have two sons together. (a)(b)
  2. In February 1995, she joined the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County. She served on the force’s negotiation team. (c)
  3. In 1998, she gave birth to her first son. (b)
  4. In 2001, she gave birth to her second son. (b)
  5. In March 2016, she and her fellow officers Kris Stein and Steve Lorentz responded to a shooting outside of a local business in Brooklyn Center. On April 18, 2017, they were honored with the Chief’s Unit Certificate of Commendation in the Brooklyn Center Community Center. (d)
  6. Her annual salary was $82,335 in 2017, $86,190 in 2018 and $90,513 in 2019. (e)
  7. She is a very dedicated, passionate and good person who is always willing to help out, according to Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association head Brian Peters. After becoming the Brooklyn Center Police Officer’s Association president in 2019, she represented other police officers involved in fatal shootings. She was one of the first Brooklyn Center Police Department officers to arrive after their colleagues Cody Turner and Brandon Akers fatally shot Kobe Dimock-Heisler, then 21, inside Dimock-Heisler’s residence in August 2019. She instructed Turner and Akers to exit the residence, get into separate squad cars, turn off their body worn cameras and not talk to each other. (a)(b)(f)(g)
  8. On April 11, 2021, she worked as a field training officer training a new officer named Anthony Luckey. They arrested Daunte Wright, 20, a black man from Minneapolis who had a warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge. The arrest ended with her fatally shooting Wright. (h)
  9. On April 12, 2021, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released the footage of her encounter with Wright recorded by her body camera. It shows that she apparently intended to pull a Taser but instead fired her gun that day. On April 13, 2021, she resigned from the department and was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s death. On April 14, 2021, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents arrested her and booked her into the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis. After spending a few hours in jail, she posted a $100,00 bond and was released. (a)(i)(j)
  10. Represented by Amanda Montgomery, Earl Gray and Paul Engh, she was found guilty on December 23, 2021 of first- and second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s death. In 2020, Gray represented former Minneapolis Police Department officer Thomas Lane. (k)
  11. On February 18, 2022, Judge Regina M. Chu sentenced her to 2 years in prison. (l)(m)
  12. At 4:00 a.m. on April 24, 2023, she was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota. (m)
  13. She was 50 years old when she was released from jail on April 24, 2023. She will be on supervised release, which expires in December 2023. (m)


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  1. Accidental shooting. Nothing criminal here. Kimberly Potter will be found not guilty. This was just a tragic mistake. Suspect resisted she meant to get her taser. Said taser but pulled her gun out instead. They are trying to turn this into a race issue. This is not. Mayor of Brooklyn Center should resign too. He is terrible.


  2. Accidental shooting. Unless someone has been a police officer, they can not comprehend the pressure and challenges they face. It was obvious the officer attempting to handcuff the man was in training. In my opinion, there is nothing criminal here at all. In today’s environment, one of the toughest jobs is being a police officer. She and her family are in our prayers In Deed.


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