Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns Amidst Controversy

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 24, 2017

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond was put on an accelerated police cadet program that required only seven months of training, a nontraditional route that aims to help those who have a college degree enter law enforcement. Noor shot Damond from the passenger seat, through the driver's window, hitting her in the abdomen.

But Medaria Arradondo's rise from school resource officer and patrolman to assistant chief during 28 years on the force has some wondering whether an outsider would be better suited to changing the culture of a department accused of being too quick to use force. They were startled by a loud noise and then Ruszczyk approached the driver's side of the auto and Noor, who was on the passenger side, fired his gun through the open driver's side window, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Mayor Betsy Hodges had requested the resignation, saying she had lost confidence in the leader of her police department.

"He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves", he said. "They shouldn't be peace officers with guns". State investigators say the officers involved in the shooting had not turned on their body cameras and squad vehicle video didn't capture the shooting. "Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves, and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing". Harteau's departure comes in response to the police-involved fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond a week ago today (Saturday).

"We don't want you as the mayor of Minneapolis anymore", another protester said.

Earlier Friday night, Harteau had announced that she is resigning in the wake of the deadly shooting last weekend.

Kroll says the department should focus on what he calls "proactive policing", where officers stop people for minor infractions or suspicious behavior. "This is just a cosmetic change and we want institutional change".

The state's Bureau of Criminal Affairs (BCA), the agency investigating the shooting, said on Friday that Noor continued to refuse an interview with authorities.

Harrity's attorney, Fred Bruno, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it was "certainly reasonable" for the police officers to assume they could be the target of an ambush.

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