Chief Janee Harteau resigned a day after making her initial remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond, reported Fox News.
Various news outlets published stories in which Hartaeau defended Noor’s training, while also saying the shooting “did not have to happen.”
“Justine didn’t have to die. Based on the BCA information, this should not have happened. We’re talking about the actions of one individual,” Harteau said.
Suddenly, a day after making those comments, she is resigning.
Harteau quit her position at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, according to a statement from the city.
In information released by the now former chief, Damond was fatally shot on Saturday by Noor after responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house.
Damond reportedly approached the driver’s side window of the police vehicle right after the two responding police officers heard a loud sound. Noor then fired his weapon through the open driver’s side window, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Harteau had been out of the city in the days after the incident but said on Thursday that she had been on personal time and was in contact with her command staff.
The resignation of Harteau is viewed with glee from the president of the police union. He also said the rank and file are pleased with her departure.
Lt. Bob Kroll, president of union representing Minneapolis police officers, called her resignation, “the right move.”
“When Chief Harteau took over the department had high hopes and thought good things were to come,” he said. “I believe within the first six months we knew that would not be the case.”
Kroll said in an interview that officers are “extremely overjoyed that she is gone.”
Kroll claimed Harteau managed the department through fear and intimidation, reported ABC 5 Eyewitness News.
“She did not want to let effective management of the organization interfere with her ability to fulfill personal vendettas,” he said.
Kroll added he feels the number of incidents, including the recent shooting of Justine Damond, that occurred under Harteau’s leadership overshadows the work of the rest of the department.
“We’ve had a couple setbacks in the past week or two, and those things will be worked out in the long run,” Kroll said. “But that doesn’t change the excellent police service (residents) have received.”
Exactly 45 minutes after Harteau’s resignation was announced, Mayor Hodges declared that she would nominate Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to serve as chief of police. Kroll said he welcomed the nomination of Arradondo.
“He is a reasonable person and easy to get along with and believe he will make good decisions,” Kroll said.
(File photo from 2015 press conference)