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Minneapolis police chief resigns after death of Australian

Minneapolis police chief resigns after death of Australian

Police chief Ms Harteau - who admitted the teacher "did not have to die " and said the death "should not have happened" - confirmed her departure in a Facebook post on the police department's page.

State investigators say they've interviewed a witness who was near the alley where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman last weekend.

The mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is facing calls to step down over the mistaken shooting last week of an Australian woman by a police officer.

The incident sparked worldwide outrage. The country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "shocking" and "inexplicable."

The Minneapolis Police Department have released the transcripts of the two 911 calls Justine Damond made to USA police on the night she was shot dead by an officer. "The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we've developed as a Department". "Diversity" - particularly the yawning chasm of Minneapolis-style diversity - is an obstacle to that, because "diversity" eliminates the very concept of "norms".

The chief said she believed the officers in this incident should have activated their body cameras.

"The actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers", Chief Harteau told reporters.

Harteau, chief since 2013, said the killing of Justine Ruszczyk was among several factors that led her to step down. "For us to continue to transform policing - and community trust in policing - we need new leadership at MPD [Minneapolis Police Department]", she wrote in a statement.

Protesters temporarily overwhelmed Hodges' press conference Friday evening with chants of "no justice, no peace, prosecute the police". She worked with the MPD for over 30 years. We ask that you take your staff with you!




"Your police department has terrorized enough", one protester yelled, while others held a banner that read "Communities Against Police Brutality". City Hall was locked when the protesters first arrived, but they eventually found their way inside. They overwhelmed the lone security guard tasked with stopping them outside the building. The mayor said she would not resign. He and fellow protesters also denounced Arradondo as a superficial and insubstantial new leader. Hodges ended up abruptly leaving the presser.

Police Lt. Bob Kroll, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis president, frequently criticized the former chief and the mayor. And none of what happened was captured on the squad's dashcam or the bodycams worn by the two officers.

Ms Damond, originally from Sydney, was shot when she approached a police vehicle after reporting a suspected rape. (Her maiden name was Ruszczyk, but she'd already taken the name of her fiancee, Don Damond.) Justine Damond's family in Australia is now demanding a federal investigation into the shooting.

Frey, a mayoral candidate, said some of the council members spoke briefly about their concerns before the meeting, but each member came to the decision on their own terms.

The move ended Harteau's four-and-a-half-year run as the first woman and first openly gay head of the Minneapolis police.

Palmisano, whose ward includes the area where the shooting occurred, called for major changes. Others, such as Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds, said Harteau's remarks were rooted in "White supremacy", as she didn't extend the same sympathy to Black victims of police violence, such as Jamar Clark who was shot by police in November of 2015.

"This is just a cosmetic change, and we want institutional change".

But the councilwoman says she thinks it might be too hard for someone from within the department to make the cultural changes needed to curtail police violence.

"If that's the excuse they want to use to shoot people, I guess they can use any excuse they want, we're all in danger", the attorney said.

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