Local Leaders Respond to Kim Potter Verdicts
Local leaders were quick to respond to the guilty verdicts reached by the jury in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter.
Hennepin County Commissioner for District 1, Jeffrey Lunde, which covers the Brooklyn Center area, responded on Twitter. He said in a Tweet, that the “tragedy is never far from my mind” and that “the only way to stop this cycle of institutional violence is by creating systems to keep all residents safe.”
— Jeffrey Joneal Lunde (@JeffreyJLunde) December 23, 2021
The superintendent of Brooklyn Center Schools also released a statement saying that a commitment to students, families and parents remains “our greatest priority.” Dr. Carly Baker went on to say that she knows “that this case and the verdict will have an impact on our community and will continue to have lasting effects as we move forward. Our district leadership will continue to operate with the safety, security, and well-being of our students, staff, families, and community as our top priority. We will remain dedicated to our mission of standing front and center for everyone in our community.” You can read the full statement here.
Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) also responded on Twitter.
Daunte Wright should still be alive. This verdict doesn’t change the fact that we still have a lot of work to do to create a public safety system that protects everyone.
— Ryan Winkler (@_RyanWinkler) December 23, 2021
Rep. Samantha Vang (DFL-Brooklyn Center) said that the “verdict is a move toward accountability so no civilian fears for their life in an encounter with police.”
I am happy to see this trial come to an end and give a moment of closure to Daunte’s family and the community. This may be imperfect justice for Daunte, but this verdict is a move towards accountability so no civilian fears for their life in an encounter with police.
— Samantha Vang (@RepSamanthaVang) December 23, 2021