Friday night, anti-cop protesters started a near-riot at the Minneapolis city hall, in the middle of the Mayor’s press conference announcing the resignation of the city’s police chief. The resignation comes in the aftermath of the Justine Damond shooting by a Muslim police officer. Television stations, including Fox News, captured the protest live on the air, and is included below.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was in the middle of a press conference announcing the resignation of police chief Jane Harteau when the protesters started yelling at her, demanding she resign as well. “We do not want you as the mayor of Minneapolis!” an unidentified protest leader said. The protester was wearing a “Philando” cap, a reference to Philando Castile, who was shot by an officer during a traffic stop last year.
The protesters continued to scream at Hodges, until she left the press conference. They then took over the press event, making statements to reporters which were carried live on the air. The protest carried on for nearly 20 minutes. Video of the entire protest (via Fox News) is included below.
Damond was shot July 15 by Officer Mohamed Noor, who is from Somalia and is Muslim. Investigators have not yet explained why Noor shot the unarmed Damond, who had approached his police car to talk about a possible sexual assault she had reported. Noor reportedly had several complaints against him for his conduct on the job.
The mayor returned to the podium approximately 30 minutes later – once the room had cleared – to complete her comments and to address the concerns brought up by the protesters.
Chief Harteau’s resignation came a day after she made her initial remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond.
Damond was fatally shot on Saturday by an officer who responded to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. Damond apparently approached the driver’s side window of the police vehicle right after the two responding police officers heard a loud sound.
The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed 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.
On Thursday Harteau said that Damond “did not have to die,” adding that the actions of Officer Noor “go against who we are in the department” and against how officers are trained.
Noor has still not agreed to be interviewed about the incident.
Before she was interrupted, Hodges announced that she would nominate Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Harteau.
Arradondo, who is African-American, joined the department as a patrol officer in 1989. He had been Harteau’s chief of staff before becoming assistant chief in April.
Here is the video.