WASHINGTON — The chief of police in the Midwestern US city of Minneapolis resigned on Friday, less than a week after a police officer shot dead an Australian woman who had called emergency services to report a possible sexual assault.
“Last Saturday’s tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection,” police chief Janee Harteau said in a statement posted to the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Facebook page.
“Despite the MPD’s many accomplishments under my leadership over these years and my love for the city, I have to put the communities we serve first.
“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,” she wrote.
Justine Damond, 40, was allegedly shot in the abdomen by police officer Mohamed Noor through the window of his patrol car.