American Indian Minneapolis Police Chief Forced to Resign in Wake of Police Killing of Australian Woman

Janeé Harteau     Photo by Aaron Lavinsky Star Tribune


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Published July 21, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Reservation in Wisconsin, has resigned her position at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges according to the Star Tribune.

Harteau became the first American Indian woman to lead a large city police force when she was hired in late November 2012.

The Star Tribune published the following on Friday evening:

“At the request of the mayor, Minneapolis Police Chief  announced her resignation Friday afternoon in the aftermath of the officer-involved 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.”

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