Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Police Shooting Of Australian Woman

Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Police Shooting Of Australian Woman

Hodges nominated Arradondo as Harteau's replacement and dismissed protesters' calls for her to resign, too.

The city's mayor accepted her resignation, saying she had lost confidence in Ms Harteau.

Justine Damond was shot and killed Saturday night after she called 911 to report what she said was a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. "For us to continue to transform policing - and community trust in policing - we need new leadership at MPD [Minneapolis Police Department]", she wrote in a statement.

"Bye bye Betsy!" protesters yelled over and over, derailing the mayor's attempt to publicly announce the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau at Hodges' request, and her appointment of Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo as the new leader of the department.

"We don't want you as our mayor of Minneapolis anymore". We ask that you take your staff with you!

"Bye-bye, Betsy", the crowd chanted.

Ms Hodges eventually gave up and left.

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In a Facebook posting Sunday, Harteau said that she's "overwhelmed with humility and appreciation" over the flood of support she's received this weekend. The victim, who was in her pajamas at the time of the shooting, clearly did not pose a threat to the officers.

Noor has so far refused to talk to investigators, but Officer Matthew Harrity, who was driving their squad auto, described three simultaneous events when they arrived at the scene eight minutes after Ms Damond's second call for help. The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, then fired his weapon through the open driver's side window, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Both officers have been placed on standard paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

The legal action comes after officer Noor was called to Ms Graham's Minneapolis home only two kilometres from where Ms Damond died. And none of what happened was captured on the squad's dashcam or the bodycams worn by the two officers.

Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, from Sydney, was fatally shot by police earlier this month.

Police violence is a major issue in the Minneapolis area.

One Minneapolis city councilwoman wonders if an outsider may be a better pick for the department.

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"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. The officers involved weren't charged. Harrity said he was startled by a loud noise right before the shooting, the state Department of Public Safety has said.

The chief said she believed the officers in this incident should have activated their body cameras.

"I think she just yelled out "help", but it's hard, the sound has been going on for a while", she continued.

"I will not be resigning", Hodges said.

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

"Although disheartening, I understand the fear and why it exists. And you didn't want to hear us, so you hear me now", he continued.

To help us prevent similar outcomes in the future, we will be implementing updated mandatory training specifically for officers identifying effective tools and tactical strategies with police and dog encounters. She was the department's first female and openly gay chief.

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