Minneapolis Police Chief asked to resign following high-profile shooting
By Chris Eger
Police Chief Janee Harteau and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in a file photo (Photo: MPR News)
Controversial Chief Janeé Harteau was asked by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to leave the agency in the aftermath of the shooting of Justine Damond.
Harteau submitted her resignation Friday after Hodges said she had lost confidence in the city’s top cop.
“In a conversation with the Chief today, she and I agreed that she would step aside to make way for new leadership,” said Hodges in a statement. “I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it, and I have accepted it.”
Hodges and city leaders have been in under mounting pressure following the fatal officer-involved shooting of Damond, 40, of Sydney, Australia on July 15. Officer Mohamed Noor, a 31-year-old Somali-American immigrant, allegedly killed Damond with a single gunshot to the abdomen fired while he was still inside his car, did not have his body camera active and has reportedly declined to make statements to investigators.
Just before being asked for her resignation, Harteau told media last week the shooting “should not have happened” and criticized the actions of the officer involved.
“I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes