Protesters shut down Minneapolis mayor's press conference

Protesters shut down Minneapolis mayor's press conference

"We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death", he said. "Your police department has terrorized us enough", the protester continued.

"I don't think people should be confused and obviously by what's going on there now (the news conference interruption), they're not".

Ms Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city's first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said she was proud of the work she accomplished and honoured to serve as chief.

Police have not offered a complete explanation for the killing and the department has come in for heavy criticism because the two officers wore body cameras but had not turned them on.

The protesters refused to listen and began leading a chant of "Bye, Bye Betsy!" "For folks listening, I hear and understand".

In a prepared statement quoted by the Huffington Post, Hodges acknowledged Harteau's contributions over the past 30 years, as she had overcome a lot of the challenges women go through while rising up the ranks in the male-dominated field of law enforcement.

Justine Damond, 40, was shot in the abdomen Saturday by Officer Mohamed Noor, 31, who responded with his partner to Damond's 911 call reporting a possible rape. Earlier, she had said the shooting was the result of "one individual's actions" that shouldn't reflect on the police department as a whole.

"Once we got information that the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] gave out, given what I know from what the BCA released, this should not have happened and I send deep condolences to the entire country but mostly, I send them to her family and friends and loved ones". Noor has declined to speak to investigators, and police haven't explained why Damond was shot. Hodges eventually left the room as tensions from the demonstrators intensified. At the moment they reached the end of the alley he heard a "loud sound" and Damond approached the driver's side window of the squad auto "immediately afterward".

Numerous city's elected officials had expressed their displeasure with the police chief, and some suggested earlier Friday that they would like to remove her, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Mayor Betsy Hodges has been struggling to address the incident, the second controversial shooting by Minneapolis police in as many years.

Protestors on Friday called for the mayor to resign as well.

The Diamond shooting happened while Harteau was on a vacation in what she referred to as a "remote location", so she did not make a public comment about the incident until 5 days after the shooting. She also said she won't resign. "Transformational change is hard, it is uncomfortable, it takes time and it is worth doing, because there is a better city and world on the other side of it".



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