Minneapolis Shooting: Mayor Betsy Hodges Faces Resignation Demands, Police Chief Quits
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 24, 2017,
Jul 24, 2017, 0:57
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, following days of criticism of her handling of the police shooting of Justine Damond, who was unarmed and in her pajamas at the time she was killed. Protesters shouted down Hodges at a press conference Friday night in which she announced she meant to nominate Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to take over as head of the department, and demanded that she resign.
Just a few minutes later, the responding officers reported a shooting and called for help. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state agency investigating the shooting, said agents can not compel an officer to speak to them, and that Officer Noor's attorney has not provided an update on when or if he would speak with investigators.
Chief Harteau said officer Mohamed Noor and his police partner should have activated their body cameras before encountering Ms Damond.
Chief Harteau publicly spoke out against the officer before her resignation, saying "Justine didn't have to die".
"It is understandable to me that people's frustration is high, I share that frustration", she said.
City of Minneapolis/FacebookMohamed Noor and Justine Damond.
Meanwhile, protesters filled the streets of downtown Minneapolis, demanding - among other things - greater police accountability and reform.
Harteau's salary started at $136,894. Levy-Pounds didn't attend the march, but had Allen relay remarks to those in attendance, including the announcement of the birth of her baby girl named Assata earlier that day. Yanez was acquitted of all charges last month. He closed his remarks by encouraging everyone present to hug one another. "We can only become better together!"
[Minneapolis Police] Union president Bob Kroll says Mayor Betsy Hodges should be the next to step down.
Hodges released a statement announcing the nomination of Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo as police chief.
Chief Harteau said she understood why the incident could make some people more reluctant to call 911.
"We want to do everything we can in training and in our policy to ensure that they are put on before an officer arrives at the scene". The black man's death, amid heightened tensions around the US, sparked protests citywide that included an 18-day occupation outside the police station on the city's north side. That's an issue Minneapolis, and other cities with bodycams, need to revisit.
However, a group of protesters then began chanting "bye bye Betsy" and Hodges eventually walked out of the room without finishing her comments.
"We're not buying this", exclaimed one protester after the mayor left, having been shouted down by the crowd. She also said she won't resign.
Hodges was fielded a question regarding the protesters demands that she resign, which she replied, "I will not be resigning".
The incident has caused dismay inside the United States and outrage in Australia.
Members of community where she grew up, including former school friends, ex-colleagues and their families, attended the vigil.
"The city is out of control when it comes to policing", fumed Thompson.