Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis Police Chief has resigned from her post following stinging criticism she has faced in the aftermath of the Australian woman Justine Damond. The 40-year old woman was shot dead by a police officer later recognized by the officials as Mohamed Noor.
The police officer who was accompanied by another police officer told the investigators during the interview that Mohamed Noor fired when he heard loud voices. The Australian woman used to work as a Yoga instructor and spiritual healer. She was rather very popular among her pupils and was set to be married next month.
The shooting and the subsequent death of the woman has evoked high decibel criticism of the police force not just in Minneapolis, but across the US. The vigil held for the woman attracted large number of people, including the Mayor who sympathized with the deceased.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Police Chief’s resignation came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who has publicly clashed with the police chief.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said, “As far as we have come, 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…For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at [Minneapolis Police Department].”
In her resignation letter, the Police Chief said, “The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a department. Despite the [department’s] many accomplishments under my leadership over these years and my love for the city, I have to put the communities we serve first”.
In the meantime there is an outpouring of support from people who expressed regret over her resignation. On her official Facebook page hundreds of people praised her for her leadership and said her leaving the job will be bad for the city.
A Facebook user, Chris Russo, while writing on her page said, “I for one thought your press conference was fantastic. Your resignation comes as a surprise and clearly political. Sad day. Best of luck to you Cheif in your future endeavors!” Another of her fans wrote on her Facebook page, saying “I am so sad to see you go. You were a great Police Chief for Minneapolis and truly will be missed. Always remember that you have and always will be an inspiration to others in the future. Good luck and God bless!!”
Another user, Jean Zenzen, said “How sad to see you leave. I admire the job you did. I think Betsy Hodges’s should look for a new job. I cannot believe the people of Minneapolis with a conscious could possibly vote her in again.”