Still no arrest of the Muslim cop, no charges and no answers from anyone in city management. Justine Damond ‘didn’t have to die’. Her death is the result of years of diversity and affirmative action politics that placed a mayor, a police chief and a Muslim refugee in positions they were all unprepared for.
Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.
In a statement released Friday, 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.”
Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief’s resignation after assessing where the department needs to go.
“I’ve lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further … 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.”
Hours later, Hodges was interrupted as she tried to elaborate on Harteau’s departure at a City Hall news conference. A few dozen protesters entered the room and demanded her resignation, chanting “Bye-bye Betsy as they waved signs that said “Messy Betsy” and “You are next.” Hodges eventually walked out as they surrounded her at the podium, but returned later to take questions from reporters.
She said she understands and shares the public’s frustrations, but “I will not be resigning.”
Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city’s first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said she was proud of the work she accomplished and honored to serve as chief. But she said the shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond by one of her officers and other incidents “have caused me to engage in deep reflection.”
The chief, who once successfully filed a discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the police force along with her partner, said she must “put the communities we serve first” despite the department’s accomplishments under her leadership.
Harteau was out of the city on personal time for nearly a week following last Saturday’s shooting of Damond, a life coach and bride-to-be who was killed by an officer responding to her 911 call of a possible rape.
The state is investigating the shooting. In her first remarks on the case Thursday when she returned to work, Harteau defended the training of Mohamed Noor, the Somali–
American officer who shot Damond, but was sharply critical of him.
Still, some City Council members called for a change in leadership.
Linea Palmisano, who represents the ward where Damond died, told fellow council members that she was “done with image control and crisis management” and that it’s “time for action.” After Harteau’s resignation, Palmisano said she looks forward to the start of changes that she feels the department needs to make.
Shortly after the announcement, Hodges nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to be the next chief. Nicknamed “Rondo,” he served as the department’s public face after Damond’s shooting while Harteau was out of town. Arradondo, who is African-American, has been with the department since 1989.
Police union president Bob Kroll said Harteau’s resignation is a much-needed change for the department and that she handled Damond’s shooting poorly. He said after being gone for days, she returned and “basically throws the whole department under the bus.”
He said he agrees with protesters that Hodges should be next to go, adding that the move against the chief was a political one for Hodges.
Indeed. Hodges should be gone ASAP. She’s busy protecting the Muslim community at the expense of all other Minnesotans.
And the national media has been silent on the murder of a white woman by a black, Somali Muslim refugee cop. White women’s lives don’t matter to them.
Video of citizens demanding Hodges and her staff resign:
More incompetence from mayor Hodges on her pick to replace the ousted police chief:
Hodges recommended Arradondo because of his race, resume and reputation.
Arradondo started out as a school resource officer.
Arradondo eventually became chief of staff to the boss he’s been nominated to replace, Janee Harteau.
In 2007, he was part of a group known as the Mill City Five. The group of African American officers sued the city alleging a culture of racial discrimination and retaliation. They won a six-figure settlement.
Recall, it was Hodges who set up the phone line to rat on Americans who speak out against Islam.