Sunday, July 23, 2017

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau Resigns After Fatal Shooting of Justine Diamond

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned less than a week after a city officer shot and killed an Australian woman who had called officers for help. Chief Janee Harteau stepped down Friday, just a day after making her first remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond. Damond was shot by an officer responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was in the passenger seat shot and killed the unarmed Ruszczyk.

A statement from the city says Harteau quit at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Mohamed Noor
Mohamed Noor is the precinct's first Somali-American officer. Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and was from the city’s accelerated police cadet program — a way to attract more 'diverse' officers. He completed the seven month training program in 2016. He already has three complaints filed against him and was reportedly under federal investigation. He has refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, at age 22. She was the department's first female and openly gay chief. Harteau was on vacation outside the city during the shooting and received criticism for her delayed response. Five days later, she publicly addressed the shooting for the first time and defended Noor's training. Harteau served as the department head during the highly controversial shooting deaths of Jamar Clark in 2015 and Philando Castile in 2016.
JaneƩ Harteau married Holly Keegel also a city cop.