Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor’s press conference announcing police chief resignation

Within a raucous press conference on Fri evening Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced the resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Jane Harteau. The particular resignation came in the wake of  the fatal shooting of an Aussie woman by a police officer on This summer 15.

We need new leadership with MPD, ” Hodges said. “I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it and I approved it.

The presser quickly turned into the back and forth debate with a protester who had been in attendance.  

We do not desire you as the mayor, ” a guy said to Hodges. “We do not need you as the mayor of Minneapolis! You have been ineffective. We do not would like you as the mayor, Betsy Hodges!

Hodges initially attempted to engage the protester, saying she would be  happy to sit back and talk with people about the upcoming of policing in Minneapolis. However the protester continued to yell while some in attendance joined the conversation.


Hodges eventually walked aside and left the room without ongoing her announcement as the protesters started cheering before taking turns to create their own remarks.  

The mayor came back to the podium approximately 30 minutes afterwards – once the room had removed – to complete her comments and also to address the concerns brought up from the protesters.  

Chief Harteau’s resignation arrived a day after she made the girl initial remarks on the death associated with 40-year-old Justine Damond.

Damond was fatally shot on Saturday by a good officer who responded to her 911 call about a possible sexual attack in the alley behind her home.   Damond apparently approached the particular drivers side window of the law enforcement vehicle right after the two responding law enforcement officers heard a loud sound.

The official in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, then fired his weapon with the open drivers side window, based on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Stress (BCA).


Harteau had been out of the city within the days after the incident but stated on Thursday that she have been on personal time and is at contact with her command staff.

On Thurs Harteau said that Damond did not need to die, adding that the actions associated with Officer Noor go against who we have been in the department and against just how officers are trained.

Noor has nevertheless not agreed to be interviewed concerning the incident.

Before she was interrupted, Hodges announced that she would nominate Assistant Main Medaria Arradondo to replace Harteau.

Arradondo, who might be African-American, joined the department as being a patrol officer in 1989. He previously been Harteau’s chief of employees before becoming assistant chief within April.

His nomination requires City Authorities confirmation.

The Associated Press added to this report.