Thrown under the bus by the mayor in police shooting of unarmed Australian woman
Police Chief Janee Harteau was forced out of her job on Friday as angry protesters disrupted the mayor’s press conference announcing the “resignation” and demanded that she too resign.
‘We do not want you as our mayor,” the protesters yelled. “You have failed us.”
Mayor Betsy Hodges demanded Harteau resign because she said has lost “confidence” in her.
But the police chief and the mayor had bitterly locked horns after Harteau said earlier that “Justine didn’t have to die.”
Justine Damond was shot to death last Saturday night by Somali-born Muslin cop Mohamed Noor after she approached his police cruiser in her pajamas to report a possible assault near her home.
She was talking to Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity, who was behind the wheel when
rookie cop Noor suddenly leaned across and opened fire, gunning down the unarmed woman.
Officer Harrity said he was “stunned” when Noor started shooting. Noor has refused to talk to investigators, asking that his “privacy” be respected. In his two years on the force, Noor already has three complaints filed against him.
Deferring to the city’s Somali population — the largest in America — Mayor Hodges defended the character and background of the killer cop. In forcing Harteau out, the mayor is shamelessly trying to cover her own bad judgment in hiring Noor.