The former Minnesota police chief was fired after the murder of Downe Wright, who says he lost his job for ‘doing the right thing’


The former Minneapolis suburban police chief, who resigned after protests against the deadly police firing of Duane Wright earlier this year and resigned a few days after the encounter, said he would not change his handling of the assassination and was forced to leave. For doing the “right things”

Tim Gannon, chief of the police force at the Brooklyn Center, told the Fox affiliate KMSP-TV He made more than 100 decisions in the days after former officer Kimberly Potter struck Wright on April 11.

The assassination occurred nearly a year after George Floyd was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police just a few miles away.

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Then-Brooklyn Center, Minn., Police Chief Tim Gannon will speak to the media on April 12, 2021. In an interview with a Fox affiliate, former chief Dante Wright said he would not change how Wright handled the April assassination. (Shari Gross / Star Tribune via AP)

“I lost my job, but I did the right things,” Gannon said. “Every decision I made in those two or three nights; I thought any police chief would make the same decisions. They were the right decisions to make.”

Gannon resigned two days after the firing amid the refusal of Potter to be fired and protesters pressed for his comments at a news conference and said he had accidentally fired his weapon instead of a Taser. Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force, also resigned 48 hours after the shooting and is charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Her trial is expected to begin Nov. 30.

Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop. Officials said his vehicle was initially towed for expired registration. Authorities are trying to arrest the man after he determined there was a pending warrant for a 20-year-old youth, police said.

Wright tried to re-enter the vehicle when it was shot, police said.

Dante Wright, left, killed in an April traffic stop.  Kim Potter, charged with manslaughter in his murder.

Dante Wright, left, killed in an April traffic stop. Kim Potter, charged with manslaughter in his murder.
(Facebook / Hennepin County Sheriff)

The day after the assassination, the police released body-camera footage of Gannon Stopp. He declined to speak directly to the news media about the shooting, citing his ability to be a witness at Potter’s trial.

The former chief said Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott organized the dismissal of him and the former city manager, who has jurisdiction over the police department.

“I would say this is a difficult relationship. We haven’t always looked at certain things.”

Activists alleged that the potters were to be fired immediately. Gannon refused, saying civil procedures should be followed to allow for an internal investigation.

Protesters were escorted by police from outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department as they were protesting the shooting death of Dante Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Late Tuesday night.

Protesters were escorted by police from outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department as they were protesting the shooting death of Dante Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Late Tuesday night.

“I think the policy is in effect for a reason. It gives everyone the protection of doing things the right way, rushing things, not disciplining with emotion,” Gannon said. “It’s a fair and transparent process.”

LBL reached out to Elliott’s office.

The shooting sparked violent protests in the Brooklyn Center, with many cities still rioting and tensions between protesters and police following Floyd’s death. At the Brooklyn Center, protesters attacked officers with bricks and fireworks, Gannon said.

Some activists have accused the police of committing atrocities.

“It could have been resolved very peacefully at that moment. No one on our side did anything until they came out with a riot and crossed the line. Here is the war, now you come,” the Minnesota chapter of the Jaylani Hussein Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told the news.

At one point, Gannon said the Mobile Police Force, operated by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Hennepin County Sheriff, was protecting the police station and wanted the leaders to declare the protest an illegal gathering.

” The mayor has not been able to make a decision. “I turned to the mayor and said, ‘We need a decision. Put it on me, I’ll make a decision.’

“He looked me in the eye. He got up and walked out of my office,” he added. “I understand they are delegating the authority to me to make the decision.”

Dante Wright's family marched on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn., To mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death.

Dante Wright’s family marched on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn., To mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
(AP)

The next day, he received Potter’s resignation email. The 27-year-old Brooklyn Center police veteran later received a call from the interim city manager, saying there would be a leadership change in the police department.

“And he basically told me, in no uncertain terms, that leadership is going to change and I will no longer be a police chief,” Gannon said.

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