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I like the "This is what accountability looks like..." comment. But it's also just-politics, which worries me greatly: we need an explanation of what-happened, and we need it fast -- there is a public crisis-of-confidence in authority of any kind building in the country, and without reliable-facts that will blossom into real trouble. The Black Community already is radicalized and alienated by the mistreatment they have received. The presidential election pitted Red States against Blue states again, after all of Obama's good work in trying to paste-over that growing divide. The shootings, of children and others, have promoted a view of a society at war with itself -- overseas, if not necessarily here, although there are plenty of folks here who believe this is a growing problem now too. Facts will help: in "Chicago", perhaps -- certainly in Ferguson -- at any school-shooting -- and at any "accident" like this strange Minneapolis situation now. There is more at-risk than simply "justice": we also need to know what-happened -- covering-that-up to achieve "justice" begs the growing social questions, here.

 

Why do you say the firing/resignation is "just politics"?  The mayor in Minneapolis and her hire, the police chief, have been butting heads for years. This incident was just the final straw.

 

I agree with your point regarding a crisis in confidence in authority in this country.  There has been much to much abuse of authority from law enforcement to politicians.


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I like the "This is what accountability looks like..." comment. But it's also just-politics, which worries me greatly: we need an explanation of what-happened, and we need it fast -- there is a public crisis-of-confidence in authority of any kind building in the country, and without reliable-facts that will blossom into real trouble. The Black Community already is radicalized and alienated by the mistreatment they have received. The presidential election pitted Red States against Blue states again, after all of Obama's good work in trying to paste-over that growing divide. The shootings, of children and others, have promoted a view of a society at war with itself -- overseas, if not necessarily here, although there are plenty of folks here who believe this is a growing problem now too. Facts will help: in "Chicago", perhaps -- certainly in Ferguson -- at any school-shooting -- and at any "accident" like this strange Minneapolis situation now. There is more at-risk than simply "justice": we also need to know what-happened -- covering-that-up to achieve "justice" begs the growing social questions, here.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns; protesters shout down Mayor Betsy Hodges

 

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned abruptly Friday amid growing criticism from the public and the City Council following the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond.

 

The chief’s departure came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who promptly nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo, a 28-year veteran of the force, to replace Harteau. The move ended Harteau’s 4½-year run as the first woman and first openly gay person to head the department.

 

The death of Damond, a native Australian who had moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé, thrust Minneapolis into the international spotlight. It also has generated public skepticism about the department and its training, including from city officials who have questioned why the officers involved didn’t turn on their body cameras.

 

Hodges, who was frequently at odds with Harteau, issued a statement immediately after the resignation, saying she has “lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further.”

 

“And from the many conversations I’ve had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,” Hodges said. “For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD,” she continued. “...I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it, and I have accepted it.”

 

Hodges was forced to delay an 8 p.m. news conference at City Hall when protesters disrupted the event. The protesters came from the ranks of a larger crowd of about 200 people who had rallied at Loring Park at 6 p.m., then marched downtown, blocking streets and delaying traffic. After the protesters shouted the mayor down, demanding her resignation, they left and she was able to resume speaking to journalists. She said she has no intention of resigning.

 

more at, including the Mayor statement about the police chief at: 

 

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns; protesters shout down Mayor Betsy Hodges

 

This is what accountability looks like....

 

 


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