MINNEAPOLIS: Police Chief Resigns After Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Woman Reporting Sexual Assault

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:

At the request of the mayor, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced her resignation Friday afternoon in the aftermath of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman.

Last Saturday, Damond called 911 around 11:30 p.m. to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis, and one of the responding officers, Mohamed Noor, shot her from the squad car. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting. Mayor Betsy Hodges said she would nominate Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo, a 28-year veteran of the force, to replace Harteau.

“Last Saturday’s tragedy as well as some other recent incidents have caused me to engage in deep reflection,” Harteau said in a statement. “The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we developed as a department. 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.

Hit the link for more about the long-running feud between Harteau and the mayor, who had threatened to fire her if she didn’t resign.

RELATED: Last month Harteau made headlines here on JMG when she objected to a request from Twin Cities Pride that police limit their presence at their parade. Openly lesbian, Harteau served as the parade’s grand marshal several years ago. Twin Cities Pride later apologized and dropped their request.