Harteau: please support Arradondo as new Minneapolis Police Chief

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 24, 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called it "shocking" and "inexplicable".

Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a written statement that she and Harteau agreed on Friday that Harteau would step aside. Hodges says it's been a trying time for the city and.

A press conference Hodges called to discuss the personnel change was interrupted by a group of protesters calling for her to resign, a witness video posted on YouTube showed.

"I love this city, the members of the MPD and all of you", she wrote. "Your leadership has been very ineffective".

But the councilwoman says she thinks it might be too hard for someone from within the department to make the cultural changes needed to curtail police violence.

Chicago: A United States police chief resigned on Friday amid an uproar over the death of an unarmed Australian woman who had called to report a possible sexual assault and was shot by a responding officer.

Harteau had been under growing pressure to speak out about Officer Mohamed Noor's shooting of Damond, with some questioning why she wouldn't cut her vacation short in order to address the investigation, CBS Minnesota reports.

In announcing her resignation, Harteau said she wanted to "let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done" to improve the police department.

In Harteau's resignation letter, she said the recent police shootings have caused her "to engage in deep reflection".

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mr Harrity told investigators that Ms Damond approached the police vehicle immediately after he was startled by a loud noise and that Mr Noor, who was in the passenger seat, fired his weapon through the open driver's side window, striking Ms Damond.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that a witness to the shooting has been identified and interviewed, though the agency did not disclose what the witness, a bicyclist, said. No further details were provided.

"We understand that chief Arradondo looks like us, but we understand that he's not one of us, that he works for a police department that has a history of brutalizing us and that we're not buying this, that this won't work", the man said. However, others in city government question if a Minneapolis police veteran should be the new leader of the embattled department.

The protesters were particularly angry about the lack of body camera footage of the shooting, and complained of a lack of police accountability.

Hundreds of people also took to the streets of Minneapolis to protest Ms Damond's shooting.

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