Minneapolis Shooting: Mayor Betsy Hodges Faces Resignation Demands, Police Chief Quits

The family of Justine Damond who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer on Saturday night has hired an attorney who represented a Minnesota man killed by a police officer

Protesters took over a press conference to demand Hodges also resign in the aftermath of the Justine Damond shooting, where two police officers allegedly shot the Australian woman dead after responding to her 911 call.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau stepped down from his resigned on Friday, after last week's fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minnesota police officer.

Mayor Hodges said she's "lost confidence in the chief's ability to lead us further", adding that residents feel the same way.

Hodges has said she won't be resigning and nominated Assistance Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to take over the department.

Chief Harteau's resignation came a day after after she made her initial remarks on the 40-year-old Damond who had called on 911 to report about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house.

On Saturday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau stood down in the wake of the incident and amid ongoing questions around how such an incident could have occurred on her watch.

"Last Saturday's tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection", she said in a statement.

She called police to report a possible assault near her home and was shot to death by one of two responding officers as she walked up to their police vehicle - reportedly still in her pajamas.

"We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death", he said.




"We are in constant contact with the Australian government and representatives of the USA government and Minnesota state authorities", the family said in a statement Thursday.

A United States police chief has resigned amid an uproar over the officer-involved fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian bride-to-be.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the witness had given an interview to authorities.

Justine Ruszczyk, also known by her fiance's last name, Damond, was shot as she approached the officer's auto. Authorities say Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot her as she approached his squad auto.

Noor then fired his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the driver's side window, which was open.

"Your police force has terrorized the city enough". Philando Castile was killed in July 2016 outside the city, but the trial of the officer who shot him - which ended in acquittal - was held in Minneapolis.

"I hear and understand people's objections, I am willing to sit down with you and talk about the future of policing in Minneapolis", she said.

This was the second major police shooting in the Minneapolis area in the past year.

Harrity's attorney, Fred Bruno, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it was "certainly reasonable" for the police officers to assume they could be the target of an ambush. That lawyer, Bob Bennett, recently negotiated a almost $3 million settlement over the death of Philando Castile, the motorist shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer previous year.

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