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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns Following Shooting Of Unarmed Australian Woman

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday, just five days after one of the department’s officers shot an unarmed Australian woman who had just dialed 911 to report a possible crime outside her home.

Harteau resigned at the request of Minneapolis Democratic-Farmer Labor Party Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us further,” Hodges said in a statement Friday.

Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman and bride-to-be, was shot dead outside her home by responding officers to a 911 call she had placed. Officer Mohamed Noor reportedly fired his weapon from the passenger seat of his patrol car after being allegedly startled by a loud noise. He shot Damond as she approached the vehicle, according to his partner, officer Michael Harrity.

“I have decided to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the best it can be,” Harteau said in a statement Friday.

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