Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns Amid Controversy Over Justine Damond Shooting

"I've lost confidence in the Chief's ability to lead us further," said the mayor of Minneapolis.

By Eric Shorey

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has resigned after calling the death of Justine Damond at the hands of police "unnecessary." People reports that Harteau was removed following public outcry.

Harteau released a statement over Facebook.

“Over the 30+ years that I’ve served as a police officer in the City of Mpls, moving up through the ranks to Police Chief, I have woken up every day knowing that this job is not about me,” reads the statement. “It is about the members of the communities that we serve and the police officers who protect our residents,” she continued before reiterating that Damond's killing “not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a Department.”

“Despite the MPD’s many accomplishments under my leadership over these many years and my love for the City, I have to put the communities we serve first,” she wrote. “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. The city of Minneapolis deserves the very best.”

Harteau had notably been named one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 world leaders and was the city's first female and first gay police chief.

"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," said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, in a statement that ackowledged Harteau's service "in a male-dominated profession." Hodges' comments were met with loud protests from unsatisfied citizens.

"We do not want you as the mayor of Minneapolis, and we are asking you to resign," a man yelled at the event.

"We're not going to be tricked by this effort," another man said into the microphone after Hodges left. "The former chief wasn’t doing her job, but we understand it’s beyond the chief — the problem is [the] institution."

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently investigating the situation. "The BCA understands the urgency of this case and is proceeding as rapidly as possible without compromising the integrity and thoroughness of the investigation," the Department of Public Safety said in a statement Friday.

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