Minneapolis police chief steps down six days after fatal shooting

Jerome Frank
July 24, 2017

Chief Harteau publicly spoke out against the officer before her resignation, saying "Justine didn't have to die".

Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a written statement that she and Ms Harteau agreed on Friday that the beleaguered police chief would step aside.

The outgoing police chief said in remarks earlier this week that Damond's death was a mistake. "Your police department has terrorised us enough", he said.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said, in a written statement, that it was unacceptable for body cameras "to fail us when we needed them most". Protesters also called for Hodges to immediately step down. Hodges eventually left the room as tensions from the demonstrators intensified.

"I share people's frustration about the pace of change in our policing and building community trust".

In her Facebook post Sunday, Harteau described Arradondo as an "honorable, caring man". Arradondo, who is African-American, has been with the department since 1989.

The entire city has been in pearl-clutching mode since a Mohamed Noor, a Minneapolis police officer of Somali descent, shot and killed Justine Diamond, a bride-to-be who called 911. The mayor said she would not resign.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension which is investigating the shooting also said Friday that it has located a person who was seen on a bicycle in the area at the time of the shooting, and may have witnessed the incident. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called it "shocking" and "inexplicable".

Justine Damond
Justine Damond

Janee Harteau tendered her resignation on Friday at the request of the Midwestern US city's mayor, Betsy Hodges. "I would definitely call a friend or a neighbor before I would call the police now".

Minneapolis Police chief Janee Harteau had faced criticism over her handling of the killing of Justine Damond last Saturday night, which ignited an worldwide outcry. "The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we've developed as a department". Philando Castile was killed in July 2016 outside the city, but the trial of the officer who shot him - which ended in acquittal - was held in Minneapolis.

Mr Noor has refused to be interviewed by the agency, which is conducting the investigation.

Damond, who was originally from Sydney, had lived in the United States for three years and was set to marry her fiancé Don Damond next month. "Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine", he said. "Her life's intersection with the police is totally freakish".

After congregating at the home Damond shared with her fiance Don Damond, the crowd marched to Beard's Plaissance Park on Lake Harriet.

The family said they planed to bring their daughter back to Australia for a hometown farewell.

"I love this city, the members of the MPD and all of you", she wrote.

"I can hear someone out the back and I - I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped", Ruszczyk tells the 911 operator, according to the transcript released by police.

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