Minneapolis police chief resigns in wake of Australian woman's shooting death

The police chief issued a statement in which she said that she is "willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes" take over.
By Paul Pate | Jul 26, 2017
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau announced her resignation Friday as city residents staged protests over a police officer's fatal shooting of Justince Ruszczyk, an Australian woman who had called 911 to seek officers' help. The police chief issued a statement in which she said that she is "willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes" take over.
Ruszcyk's death occurred last Saturday after she had called 911 to report that she heard a commotion outside her home and thought a rape might be taking place. A squad car arrived on the scene, and the officer driving the car heard a loud noise nearby. Ruszczyk went outside and approached the driver's side of the car. And the other officer in the car, Mohamed Noor, shot her though the open driver's window.
The officers were not wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, which prompted criticism from some city residents and from Harteau herself. She said afterward that the incident did not reflect "the training and procedures we've developed as a department."
Harteau was under pressure not only from city residents, but also from the mayor's office over Ruszczyk's death. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she no longer had "confidence" in the police chief's leadership.
"I've lost confidence in the Chief's ability to lead us furtherand 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," her statement read.

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