Training details scarce in file of officer who shot Daunte Wright

Police Shooting Minnesota
This May 31, 2007, photo shows Officer Kim Potter, part of the Brooklyn Center Police negotiation team in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop on April 11 in the Minneapolis suburb and the city's chief of police have resigned.
Bruce Bisping | Star Tribune via AP file

The service file of a former police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, in Brooklyn Center this month contains scarce details about her police training history.

The files released to The Associated Press on Monday include former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter's job application, letters of recognition, pay information and a training status letter with most sections blacked out. The AP requested the documents under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

The documents show Potter earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minn., and underwent law enforcement skills training at Alexandria Technical College before 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, according to the documents.

Redacted sections in the training status letter include volunteer experience, financial history, driving record and criminal history among others. Brooklyn Center officials have not responded to questions about whether any materials, including commendations or discipline, were withheld.

Other records show Potter volunteered for the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association’s honor guard, which marches at funerals and memorials for officers killed in the line of duty, early in her career before becoming a hostage negotiator, field training officer and the local union president.

Potter is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright's death. Brooklyn Center police Chief Tim Gannon, who resigned in the wake of Wright’s killing, said he believed Potter mistakenly fired her handgun instead of her Taser. Her body camera video recorded Potter shouting, “Taser! Taser!” before she shot Wright.

Wright's family and community leaders are calling for more serious charges against Potter. She and Gannon resigned days after Wright died.

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