Minneapolis City Council Confirms First Black Police Chief
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has confirmed a new police chief after the previous chief resigned over an officer's fatal shooting of an Australian woman who'd called 911 for help.
Medaria Arradondo is a 28-year veteran of the department. He became the department's first black chief after Friday's unanimous vote, which was followed by lengthy applause.
The 50-year-old Minneapolis native told council members he was determined to serve "the 400,000 bosses that I'm responsible for."
He replaces Chief Janee Harteau, who was asked to resign by the mayor following the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond. Damond had called 911 to report a possible rape behind her southwest Minneapolis home.
The officer who shot Damond has declined to be interviewed by investigators. But his partner says he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached their police SUV. Damond was unarmed.