Chaos Erupts As Protesters Take Over Minneapolis Mayor's Press Conference

24 July, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Justine Damond Murder Minneapolis Police Chief Calls Her Death 'Unnecessary'

While Hodges was reading her prepared statement, a protester in the back of the room yelled "your department has terrorized us enough" and called for Hodges to also step down.

"For us to continue to transform policing - and community trust in policing - we need new leadership at [the Minneapolis Police Department]", she continued in a statement posted on Twitter.

That didn't stop the protesters, who shouted down Hodges' press conference to announce a new police chief.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a statement on Saturday saying she had lost confidence in Harteau's ability to lead the Minneapolis police force.

John Thompson speaks after news breaks about Police Chief Janee´ Harteau's resignation on Friday at Minneapolis City Hall.

Damond's killing was "awful and heartbreaking", Hodges said, but maintained she would not step down as mayor.

"Last Saturday's tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection". Being an Australian living in a pleasant low-crime neighborhood, Justine Damond saw in the police cruiser the happily prompt and efficient arrival of the friendly local constables, and so went up to the vehicle in her pajamas. It wasn't until Tuesday night - three days after the shooting - that the department tried to explain why an officer had shot an unarmed woman in her pajamas who had called 911 for help.

She was shot as she approached the driver's side of officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity's patrol auto.

According to CNN, officer Mohamed Noor, the cop responsible for fatally shooting Damond, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Ms Damond's death provoked outrage in her homeland, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "inexplicable" and "a shocking killing". At the moment they reached the end of the alley he heard a "loud sound" and Damond approached the driver's side window of the squad auto "immediately afterward".

The state's Bureau of Criminal Affairs (BCA), the agency investigating the shooting, said Friday that Noor continued to refuse an interview with authorities. He served as the department's public face for most of a week after the July 15 police shooting of Justine Damond, until Harteau returned from vacation on Thursday.

Hodges chose Assistant Chief Medaria "Rondo" Arradondo to replace Harteau for the rest of her term.

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

"I hear and understand people's objections, I am willing to sit down with you and talk about the future of policing in Minneapolis", she said.

In response to the police chief's resignation, activist and writer Shaun King tweeted, "Police kill a white woman and heads are rolling like never before". She was scheduled to return on August 1, she said.

Minnesota officials have identified and located a key witness to the officer-involved shooting that killed an Australian bride-to-be in Minneapolis.

"I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped", she told the police operator, before giving her address.

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