Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting of unarmed Australian woman

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting of unarmed Australian woman

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting of unarmed Australian woman

Police Chief Janee Harteau was sacked on Friday and at a press conference to explain the dismissal Mayor Betsy Hodges was shouted down by protesters demanding she resign.

Hodges said she asked Harteau for her resignation, and the chief agreed.

"For us to continue to transform policing and community trust in policing - we need new leadership at MPG".

Speaking at a news conference in Minneapolis shortly before her resignation was announced, Ms Harteau said the killing was "the actions and judgement of one individual".

Betsy Hodge left the press conference as hostile voice jeered and condemned her for service as mayor of Minneapolis.

Moments later the mayor announced her nomination of Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo as Harteau's replacement.

Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian native, called 911 on the night of July 15 to report what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Minneapolis' Fulton neighborhood.

The witness, who was spotted bicycling in the area immediately before the shooting, "has been cooperative" and sat down with authorities for questioning on Friday, according to a press release from the BCA.

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"I love this city, the members of the MPD and all of you", she wrote. "We ask you take your staff with you". She was Minneapolis' first female and openly gay police chief.

The Diamond shooting happened while Harteau was on a vacation in what she referred to as a "remote location", so she did not make a public comment about the incident until 5 days after the shooting. But investigators located and interviewed a witness they had been seeking, the BCA said.

So we are learning more about what happened last weekend when police in Minneapolis shot and killed an Australian woman. She was in her pyjamas, unarmed and talking to the two police in their vehicle when the fatal shot was sacked.

"We've had enough in the city of Minneapolis". As they neared Ruszczyk's home, Harrity indicated that he was startled by a loud sound near the auto, after which Ruszczyk immediately approached the driver's side, authorities said.

"No longer will we pay you to kill us", another protester said of alleged police brutality. Activists were quick to point out that Harteau spoke up about Damond, who was white, when she regularly defended officers involved in shootings of black people.

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.

The protesters then took over the room, holding what they described as their own press conference and airing grievances with both the police department and city administrators.

Police-community relations in Minnesota have been heightened for some time over last summer's police shooting death of Philando Castile, who was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation; Castile told the police officer that he was legally permitted to carry a firearm, but a jury acquitted the officer in Castile's death.

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