The service file of Kim Potter, the former police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, reveals some details about her time on the police force, but no recent information on her training on the force.
Wright, a Black man, was shot once and died after a traffic stop April 11. Officers initially stopped Wright since the car had an expired registration.
The town’s police chief said he thought Potter, a 26-year veteran, mixed up her Taser and her handgun. The chief and Potter resigned two days after the shooting. Potter was arrested in April and charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Her next court hearing is May 17.
The city of Brooklyn Center late Wednesday released more stuff from Potter’s service file to The Associated Press. The file was introduced to AP through a petition under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
Potter received a chief’s commendation in 2007 for her handling of a “suicidal homicidal suspect” and his 2-year-old daughter. A copy of the commendation said: “Your actions assisted in the safe release of the child and the apprehension of the suspect without incident. ”
Other commendations were for Potter regaining a company’s stolen computer in 2008; helping recover a child who was the subject of an Amber Alert in 2006; helping find and arrest two bail-jumpers from Mississippi in 2006; and tracking down suspects in a home invasion robbery in 1998.
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1 note of praise for Potter in 2006 was based mainly on a taxpayer who called the department that year, praising her and three other officers for “how professionally they conducted themselves throughout a high-risk stop, not like what he sees on the T.V. show COPS,” according to the chief’s notes of the call.
The materials also included a four-hour suspension for Potter missing in-service training in 2000. The subject of the training was not given. Other discipline included a verbal reprimand in 2007 for Potter’s job as part of a team focusing on violent robberies in part of the city. A supervisor wrote that Potter did not do enough to make direct contact with people in the region.
The document also included reprimands for driving accidents in 1995, 1996 and 1998, respectively, including one where Potter spun out on wet pavement, hit a curb and caused up to $4,000 in damage to a squad car. The writeup in 1995, Potter’s first year on the force, noted that she had been backing a different squad car from the police garage the following day and hit a town code enforcement vehicle.
In 2019, Potter was one of the first officers on the scene of a fatal police shooting officers shot an autistic man, Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who had allegedly grabbed a knife, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Potter told two officers involved in the shooting to” depart the residence, get into different squad cars, turn off their own body worn cameras, and to not speak to one another,” the newspaper reported, citing an investigative report from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
Potter and other officers were awarded the Medal of Merit for their response in a home fire in 2014, according to KARE-TV.
Her file was the next released to AP since the shooting. The city published material on April 26 that revealed Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, and underwent law enforcement abilities training in Alexandria Technical College prior to joining the Brooklyn Center Police Department in late February 1995.
Potter completed training courses in policy and procedures, firearms and “felony stop procedures,” among others, less than five months later, based on those records.
Contributing: The Associated Press.