Police Blockade Former Officer Kim Potter’s Home Amid Growing Tension In Minneapolis

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Law enforcement in the Minneapolis suburb of Champlin erected barriers Tuesday morning to blockade the home of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Police looked on as workers fortified the home with concrete barriers and black metal fencing, in a similar fashion as the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis where former police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial in the death of George Floyd, The New York Times reported.

Police also set up “no parking” signs along the street near her home, according to The Wall Street Journal. A Champlin police officer stationed outside the residence confirmed Tuesday that Potter was not home at the time. Neighbors said the situation has the community on edge.

National Guard soldiers stand guard outside of the Brooklyn Center police station on April 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“We’re stressed, we’re nervous. I’ve been told some of the neighbors have left,” one neighbor told the WSJ, adding that many in the community sympathized with Potter. “It was a horrible situation. We also feel bad for Mr. Wright’s family.”

Potter, who resigned Tuesday along with Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, fatally shot Wright during a traffic stop Sunday evening. Officials said police pulled Wright over for an expired vehicle registration, later finding out he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a weapons charge. (RELATED: Brooklyn Center Mayor Says He Doesn’t Think Police Officers ‘Need To Necessarily Have Weapons Every Time They’re Making A Traffic Stop’)

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Tuesday that his office was reviewing the case, according to Fox 9 reporter Paul Blume. Orput later confirmed Wednesday in an email to The New York Times that Potter would be charged with second-degree manslaughter.

The shooting has led to widespread civil unrest as protestors on Tuesday night gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department for the third straight day since the shooting. Local law enforcement has been reinforced by the National Guard and Minnesota State Police.

During a Tuesday press conference, Brooklyn Center State Patrol Col. Matt Langer displayed bricks, rocks and other objects that were thrown at police officers during demonstrations this week. He later confirmed more than 60 people were arrested Tuesday night.





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