Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau has resigned in the wake of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Somali-American officer in the city. She made the announcement at a press conference.
Here are the details, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Justine Damond ‘didn’t have to die,’ says Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau on Thursday called the shooting death of Justine Damond “unnecessary” and bluntly said it contradicted the mission and training given to her officers.
“Justine didn’t have to die,” Harteau said.
In her first public appearance since the Saturday shooting, Harteau said that based on what is publicly known about the case, there is no justification for officer Mohamed Noor’s decision to shoot Damond…
“Based on the publicly released information from the BCA, this should not have happened,” Harteau said, referring to a preliminary investigative report released earlier in the week. “On our squad cars, you will find the words ‘To protect with courage and serve with compassion.’ This did not happen.
“I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers. These were the actions and judgments of one individual,” she said.
Here’s the video:
Minnesota police chief says the Australian woman shot and killed by police “didn’t have to die.” pic.twitter.com/zb706vqfGr
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 21, 2017
Such a sad situation.