A police officer and the city’s police chief have both resigned after a police officer shot and killed a black man at a Brooklyn center near Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Mayor Mike Elliott revealed to reporters Wednesday.
According to the mayor, before Police Chief Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon, who shot and killed Dante Wright, 20, a black man, submitted their resignations, the city council adopted a resolution to remove them.
Mayor Elliott said, “I hope this brings peace to the region.” He then made it clear that he had not yet accepted Mr. Potter’s resignation and that there was still a path to his removal, saying: “I want to convey to the community the message that we take this situation seriously.”
Ms. Wright died from the firing of a Potter police officer after her car was stopped for a traffic offense. Police Chief Gannon said Thursday that he had already tried to arrest Wright after he learned that he had already been arrested, but wright got into the car again, and Mr. Potter fired a handgun, wrong with a Taser gun.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle issued a statement Wednesday saying “another black man has been shot” and calling for a “full and transparent investigation.”