Kim Potter (full name Kimberly A. Potter) is a former Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright. According to the reports, she was first licensed as a police officer in Minnesota in 1995. Kim took a job with the Brooklyn Center police.
Kim Potter graduated from the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with a criminal justice major. While she was in the service, Kim had never shot anyone before. The 48-year-old officer, who served 26 years as a police, resigned two days after the shooting.
Kim Potter shot and killed a 20-year-old boy, Daunte Wright, and she said, "it was a mistake." The 48-year-old former police officer explained it was the first public account she made on the side of a road that day, a mistake that cost the life of Daunte Wright.
Following her resignation, Kim Potter testified on Friday as the last of 33 witnesses jurors heard from during the trial. Potter's family is keeping a distance from Kim; even Kim Potter's husband was not present during her testimony on Friday.
Kim Potter is married to her husband, Jeffrey Potter. According to the reports, Jeff Potter is a former police officer himself. The 50-year-old served for 28 years in the Fridley Police Department in Minnesota. Kim's husband retired in 2017.
Kim Potter is married to Jeffrey Potter, an ex-police officer. The couple shares two sons.
Jeff lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but later moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin County. In 1988, he attended Lakewood Community College in Saint Paul, earning his associate's degree in law enforcement. He later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota, where he earned his associate's degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
Kim Potter's husband, Jeffrey Potter, was an instructor in the department, training officers in the use of force, crowd control, taser use. Kim's husband and her former department declined to comment on the incident.
Kim Potter's lawyer, Earl Gray, said she didn't wish to talk; even City officials refuse to respond to the requests for her employment records.
The 48-year-old former Minnesota police officer testified at her manslaughter trial on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Kim said she had never fired her Taser or gun before accidentally shooting Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.
On Friday, Kim broke into tears and apologized for her action that day. Potter said that day was the only time she had ever "fired a gun in 26 years" of her service. The former Minnesota police officer said, "It was a mistake. It was meant to stun Mr. Wright with Taser," a weapon she said she had also never used in the field.
In her testimony, Kim said, "I am sorry it happened. I didn't want to hurt anybody. I remember yelling 'Taser! Taser! Taser!' and nothing happened, and then he told me I shot him." and she broke into tears. So far, both prosecution and defense agree that this shooting was an "accident."
According to NY Times, after over eight days of testimony, a series of videos and statements from more than a dozen police officers, and many more, the jury will begin to deliberate on Monday after lawyers for each side make closing arguments.