Councilwoman suggests outsider for police chief

Don Damond is comforted outside his home by Valerie Castile More

MSN reports that Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau announced her resignation at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Ms Damond had called 911 late last Saturday night fearing a sexual assault was happening in an alleyway behind her house.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges thanked Harteau for her service, noting her 30 years of experience and ability to become a top law-enforcement official "in a male-dominated profession".

"We ask you for your prompt resignation". "We don't want you to appoint anybody anymore". Hodges eventually left the conference.

Police chief Ms Harteau - who admitted the teacher "did not have to die " and said the death "should not have happened" - confirmed her departure in a Facebook post on the police department's page. She told those present that she would not be resigning as mayor. The victim, Justine Damond, 40, was a cheery blonde meditation instructor who was engaged to be married next month. Officers Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor responded to the call, with Harrity driving the squad vehicle and Noor in the passenger seat. When the police arrived, one of the officers claimed he was "startled by a loud sound" right as Damond was approaching their vehicle.

According to CNN, officer Mohamed Noor, the cop responsible for fatally shooting Damond, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Both officers' body cameras were off during the time of the incident.

Harteau has been criticized not only for the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but also for not returning early from a trip out of state after the incident happened. "Transformational change is hard, it is uncomfortable, it takes time and it is worth doing, because there is a better city and world on the other side of it".




Harteau is at least the fourth chief of a major police departmentforced out in recent years amid controversy over a deadly police shooting or a fatal encounter with officers.

"He's a fifth-generation Minnesotan, and he's appreciated and well-respected as a police officer", said Raeisha Williams, a 5th Ward city council candidate and the former communications director for the local NAACP. Arradondo, who is African-American, has been with the department since 1989.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, word of Hodges' announcement of the Minneapolis police chief's resignation drew cheers from a crowd of approximately 200 people that had rallied to demand justice for Justine Damond. "It is hard to fathom how to go forward without her in my life". Swallow your pride and just say, 'I failed at doing my job.

"I think it's a really good sign", Lauren Rice said.

"I hear and understand", the mayor interjected while protesters drowned her out. Or is it a story about the "discomfort of transformation" that Mayor Hodges wants us all to embrace?

City of Minneapolis, police Officer Mohamed Noor poses for a photo at a community event welcoming him to the Minneapolis police force.

"Over the next few years, the Minneapolis Police Department will work to continue the transformational change that we all know we need, and to strengthen and ingrain into our policing the changes that we have already made", she said.

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