Minneapolis’ police chief has resigned after the fatal shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond by a police officer.
Chief Janee Harteau had been heavily criticised for remaining on holidays for four days in the aftermath of Ms Damond’s shocking death.
It has been less than a week since the 40-year-old woman was shot by Mohamed Noor, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.
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“Last Saturday’s tragedy as well as some other recent incidents have caused me to engage in deep reflection,” Janee Harteau said in a statement.
“The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we developed as a department. Despite the MPD’s many accomplishments under my leadership over these years and my love for the City, I have to put the communities we serve first,” Harteau said.
“I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be. The city of Minneapolis deserves the very best.”
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Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a statement immediately after Harteau’s announcement, saying she asked for the chief’s resignation.
“As far as we have come, I’ve lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further — and from the many conversations I’ve had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,” Hodges said.
“For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD.
“In conversation with the Chief today, she and I agreed that she would step aside to make way for new leadership. I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it, and I have accepted it,” Hodges said.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is continuing to invetsigate Ms Damond’s death.