Fences, concrete barriers and 24-hour video surveillance were installed around the home of Kim Potter, the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, 20. The security measures took some of Potter’s neighbors by surprise.
“I thought, ‘What on earth happened now?'” One woman who lives in the neighborhood told KSTP. “I was walking down the street and saw the fence and the barricade and I thought, oh, this is where she lives.”
According to the KTSP, some residents are now nervous about the potential of protesters to come into the neighborhood as their address is public.
Potter, who is being held untied, is currently charged with the murder of Wright. According to body camera footage, Potter claims she wanted to shoot Wright with a taser rather than her service weapon. Potter was in the police force for more than 20 years and also served as the President of the Police Union.
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Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon backed Potter’s claim at a press conference Monday.
“This was an accidental discharge,” Gannon said on Monday. He resigned the next day.
However, many, including Wright’s family and lawyer, do not believe the shooting was a mistake. Even the conservative expert and “pro-police” evangelist Pat Robertson couldn’t believe that a police officer could mistake a gun for a taser.
The shooting was the third incident in five years in which a black man died as a result of the actions of a police officer. Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for the death of George Floyd last summer, which sparked a resurgence in protests against Black Lives Matter. Philando Castile was shot dead by a Minneapolis officer in 2016.
Wright’s death sparked fighting between local residents and police for a week. More than 40 people were arrested on Monday and more than 60 people on Tuesday as protests against police turned violent when protesters threw stones, stones and fireworks at police.
Potter faces 10 years in prison and a $ 20,000 fine.