CHAOS In Minneapolis: PISSED OFF Protesters Shut Down Mayor’s Press Conference As Police Chief RESIGNS [VID]


A defiant Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, at least for now, says she will not be resigning from her post despite protesters calling for her to step down.

Hodges made a statement on Friday evening for a press conference after returning from addressing reporters about the resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau.  The press conference was interrupted by protesters demanding Hodges resignation.


The chief’s departure came at the request of  Hodges, who promptly nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo, a 28-year veteran of the force, to replace Harteau. The move ended Harteau’s 4½-year run as the first woman and first openly gay person to head the department.

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Hodges stood silently at a podium while protesters shouted that she had lost her effectiveness and stated they do not want her to serve in her capacity as mayor any longer. They shouted her down, refusing to allow her to speak.  Eventually, she just simply left.


All of this backlash is coming as a result of a Somali police officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond, an Australian meditation instructor who moved to the U.S. in 2015 to be with her fiance.  Damond had called 911 to report sounds of a woman screaming for a potential sexual assault.

Investigators say Officer Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, was driving the squad car and his partner, Officer Noor, 31, fired the fatal shot from the passenger side.

As of July 22, Noor has refused to give an interview to state investigators about the events that transpired and what prompted him to shoot an unarmed woman that had called to report a potential crime, attempting to help someone yet became the victim herself.

Damond’s death has shined the international spotlight on the city of Minneapolis generating public skepticism about the department and its training, including from city officials.   Many of those officials are questioning why the officers involved did not turn on their body cameras.

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