Brooklyn Center authorities released information pertaining to Potter’s service file, which could be viewed as an attempt to persuade the public’s perception after Potter shot and killed Wright in the midst of a traffic stop on April 11. A day after the shooting, former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, claimed that Potter had confused her gun for a taser.
The “explanation” especially angered Black communities who felt the information trivialized Wright’s death.
Interestingly, the file does not reveal much about Potter’s training during her time on the force.
Included the file was a police chief’s commendation in 2007 for handling a “suicidal homicidal suspect,” along with his two-year-old daughter, according to the Associate Press. “Your actions assisted in the safe release of the child and the apprehension of the suspect without incident,” a copy of the report stated. Another
“Other commendations were for Potter recovering a company’s stolen computer in 2008; helping recover a child who was the subject of an Amber Alert in 2006; helping locate and arrest two bail-jumpers from Mississippi in 2006; and tracking down suspects in a home invasion robbery in 1998,” the AP reports.
In 2006 Potter was praised for how “professionally” she and her colleagues interacted with a person who was stopped during “a high risk stop and not like what he sees on the T.V. show COPS.”
The service file also included reprimands made against Potter which included a four-hour suspension for missing an in-service training in 2007, a verbal reprimand in 2007 accusing her of failing to find contact with people in the area after a slew of violent robberies. Potter was also disciplined for different driving incidents on the clock in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
“The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center,” reads a Brooklyn Center Police Department statement identifying Potter as the involved officer in Wright’s killing.
“Officer Kim Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years. She is on standard administrative leave. Further personnel data are not public from the BCA under Minnesota law during an active investigation.”
Potter’s next scheduled court appearance is on May 17.