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Minneapolis police chief quits over death of Australian woman

24 July 2017

Ms Hodges said Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo would become police chief.

The police department said yesterday that bureau investigators had interviewed a person who was bicycling in the area immediately before the shooting and watched as the officers provided medical assistance to Ms Damond. Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot a young, white Australian woman, Justine Damond, is a Somali immigrant - part of an invasion of refugees welcomed by radical leftist city leaders.

"We are demanding answers on behalf of her family, and our hearts go out to her family and all of her friends and loved ones", Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a television interview.

She also released a statement on the resignation of Harteau.

The Minneapolis Police Department have released the transcripts of the two 911 calls Justine Damond made to U.S. police on the night she was shot dead by an officer.

"An officer should have them on and that is what we are trying to identify", Chief Harteau said. "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".

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.

Hodges also spoke highly of Harteau's possible replacement, Arradondo, saying he will be able to implement change in the future.

The BCA can not be compel him to answer their questions.

The mayor asked for Harteau's resignation and Harteau tendered it, making her at least the fourth chief of a major police departmentforced out in recent years amid controversy over a fatal encounter with officers.

Hodges referenced the chief's resignation earlier in the press briefing before it was shut down by demonstrators. She worked with the MPD for over 30 years.

Neighbour Doris Phillips said of Ms Graham's claims: "You need to take it with a grain of salt and not tar and feather him before we figure out what really happened".

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"Your police department has terrorised us enough". After about 15 minutes of different people speaking, the group left City Hall. They overwhelmed the lone security guard tasked with stopping them outside the building.

Ms Hodges said she understood people's frustration was high and shared that frustration.

Hodges tried a few times to resume her remarks, but the protesters ensured her voice was drowned out.

But Hodges' announcement was drowned out by shouts.

Conor Duffy, North America correspondent for ABC News Australia, tweeted a video showing the chaos at the press conference where the protesters were chanting slogans against the police.

The post Minneapolis police chief resigns after fatal shooting of Justine Damond appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

The Minneapolis Police Department has launched an internal affairs review of the officers' use of force.

Ms Damond, 40, was shot dead shortly after reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault in the United States city on Saturday.

At least two city council members said Harteau should be replaced at a council meeting Friday morning.

In the days after the incident, Harteau had been out of the city but said Thursday she had been away on "personal time" and was in contact with her command staff, reports said.

Asked if the shooting was legally unjustified, she replied, "the death of Justine should not have happened". It doesn't say whether that includes the actual shooting or only the aftermath.

Harteau made history in Minneapolis by becoming the city's first woman, Native American, and openly gay police chief. "It starts at the top, and the citizens just keep pushing for change".

Minneapolis police chief quits over death of Australian woman