Update: The police chief, a very unpopular, controversial figure, was forced to resign after the fatal shooting of Justine Damond by one of her officers.
We hadn’t heard from the south Minnesota police chief in the death of an Australian woman last week. The Chief finally spoke publicly.
Chief Janee Harteau, referring to the death of an Australian woman Justine Damond, at the hands of officer Mohamed Noor, said “it never should have happened.”
The reason you didn’t hear from her is because she was on vacation and wouldn’t come back.
The Australian native was shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer Saturday night, after she called police to get help for a woman she thought was being attacked in an alley near her home. She then dialed 911 to make sure authorities were responding to the correct address, CBS Minnesota reports. Damond was shot as she came up to the squad’s driver side window, by.
Though Harteau defended Noor’s training, Harteau says the shooting “did not have to happen” and that Noor’s actions “go against who we are in the department.”
“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.
Harteau also said the body cameras, which were not on at the time of the shooting, should have been activated. Likewise, squad car cameras did not capture what happened.
Harteau is controversial and very PC which could be why Noor was in the position after three complaints and a lawsuit after two years. For example, she forces police to use proper pronouns when addressing transgenders.