Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau stepped down from his post and resigned on Friday, after last week’s fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minnesota police officer. Democrat Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodge held a press conference to reflect on the police chief’s resignation as well as the shooting of Justine Damond. She encourages transformative change in the police department, and announces that a new police chief will take Harteau’s place.
Within minutes, protesters storm the press conference. One angry protester orders Betsy’s removal from the conference and from her post as mayor of Minneapolis. He tells Hodges, “We would like you to move out of our city. Your police department has terrorized us enough. Your press conference is ineffective.”
Earlier today, hundreds of protesters gathered to honor the shooting death of Justine Damond by police officer Mohammad Noor.
Betsy Hodges left the press conference as hostile voice jeered and condemned her for service as mayor of Minneapolis. The protesting crowd wants justice for the death of Damond and they want officer Mohammad Noor to be prosecuted by the fullest extent of the law. One man even wanted Mayor Hodge to resign and not one protester disagreed with him.
A lot of hostility erupted in that press conference. Betsy got the hell outta there.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said she requested Harteau to resign because “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us further — and from the many conversations I’ve had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well.”
“Last Saturday’s tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection,” she said in a statement. “I’ve decided 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.”