Minneapolis police shooting witness emerges

Katrina Barker
July 24, 2017

The chief of police in Minneapolis has resigned at the request of the city's mayor, Betsy Hodges, after Hodges said she had "lost the confidence of the people".

"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", Harteau said in a statement shared by the Minneapolis Police Twitter account.

Hodges declared that new leadership was needed and said she accepted Harteau's resignation after the two had a conversation about it. Hodges pledged to move the city forward.

Replacing Harteau as chief for the time being is Medaria Arradondo, the mayor's pick for the city's next top cop.

She and the police force are facing criticism in the wake of last weekend's fatal police shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911. She said an independent investigation had been opened into the incident.

An incident report released Wednesday showed that at 11:41 p.m., the officers reported a shooting incident and began performing CPR.

The group called for her resignation and asked for her to take all of her staff with her. And Noor has retained an attorney to represent him, but no official statements have been released regarding Noor's personal view on the issue. "We don't want you to appoint anybody anymore".

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that a witness to the shooting has been identified and interviewed, though the agency did not disclose what the witness, a bicyclist, said.

Damond's case is the latest high-profile police shooting in the USA, with most others involving victims who were African-American. She was shot by Officer Mohamed Noor, one of responding officers. 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 vehicle "immediately afterward".

A witness to an officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis that left an Australian woman dead spoke to investigators about the incident.

"This is about an individual officer's actions", Harteau said.

Nancy Coune, administrator of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community center, places flowers and signs memorializing Justine Damond at a makeshift memorial on July 18, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On Harteau's watch, Minneapolis has been a key flashpoint for police shootings, most notably, Philando Castile, who was shot by an officer previous year while sitting in driver's seat of his vehicle. The department has also taken heat because the officers' body cameras were switched off when the shooting occurred, a violation of Minneapolis Police Department rules.

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at the Minneapolis site of Justine Damond's fatal shooting, where they held a vigil before marching to a nearby park to continue their remembrance of the Australian expatriate.

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