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Minneapolis police remove memorial left by hate group

Minneapolis police remove memorial left by hate groupMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police have removed a memorial that a white nationalist group created to honor an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer last summer.



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Video Shows Minneapolis Police Watching As Bouncer Punches Handcuffed Man

Video Shows Minneapolis Police Watching As Bouncer Punches Handcuffed ManA video showing a bouncer punching a handcuffed man as two Minneapolis police officers look on has gone viral on Facebook with the views ranging up to 16, 000. The post was shared more than a hundred times.



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Probe of fatal Minneapolis school blast focuses on repair work

Probe of fatal Minneapolis school blast focuses on repair workAuthorities in Minneapolis were investigating on Thursday whether contractors working at a Christian private school caused a gas explosion that leveled a building, killing two staff members and injuring nine other people. “Various agencies will be on site this morning to pinpoint exactly how this happened,” the fire department’s assistant chief, Bryan Tyner, said on Thursday. “That investigation will include local, state and federal agencies.” Minneapolis fire department officials told reporters on Wednesday there were early indications that a gas line was ruptured by contractors working on the campus.



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Minneapolis school building collapses after explosion

Minneapolis school building collapses after explosionAt least one person was killed and nine others injured on Wednesday after a gas explosion ripped through a Christian private school in Minneapolis, causing a building to collapse. One other victim remained missing some four hours after the 10:20 a.m. CDT blast at Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told a news conference, and crews were searching through the rubble in hopes of finding that person alive. “We still consider it a rescue at this point,” Fruetel said, adding that the situation was “precarious” with two floors of unstable debris that could still collapse during the search.



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Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policyMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 911 caller had not activated their cameras.



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Minneapolis Police Department Announces New Bodycam Policy Following Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman

Minneapolis Police Department Announces New Bodycam Policy Following Fatal Shooting of Australian WomanIn the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, the Minneapolis Police Department announced new bodycam policies for officers.



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Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Fatal Shooting

Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Fatal ShootingMinneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned on Friday, nearly a week after a police officer fatally Justine Damond.



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Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officerMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.



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Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau quits after fatal shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau quits after fatal shooting of Australian womanMinneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief following last week's shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman by a police officer. In a statement released Friday, Harteau said: "I've decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be." Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief's resignation. "I've lost confidence in the Chief's ability to lead us further … 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." Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city's first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said she was proud of the work she accomplished and honored to serve as chief. But she said the shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond by one of her officers and other incidents "have caused me to engage in deep reflection." The chief, who once successfully filed a discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the police force along with her partner, said she must "put the communities we serve first" despite the department's accomplishments under her leadership.   Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Damond, is comforted outside his home by Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile Credit: Aaron Lavinsky/AP Harteau was out of the city on personal time for nearly a week following Saturday's shooting of Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and bride-to-be who was killed by an officer responding to her 911 call of a possible rape. The state is investigating the shooting. In Harteau's first remarks on the case Thursday — when she returned to work — she was sharply critical of Officer Mohamed Noor, who is Somali-American, while defending his training. "The actions in question go against who we are in the department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers," Harteau said Thursday. "These were the actions and judgment of one individual." That wasn't enough for some City Council members. Linea Palmisano, who represents the ward where Damond died, called for a change in leadership Friday and told her fellow council members that she was "done with image control and crisis management" and that it's "time for action." After Harteau's resignation, Palmisano thanked the mayor and her colleagues. She also thanked Harteau for her years of service, but said she looks forward to the start of changes that she feels the department needs to make. A department spokesman said Harteau would not be available for an interview after Friday's resignation. Shortly after the announcement, Hodges nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to be the next chief. Nicknamed "Rondo," he served as the department's public face after Damond's shooting while Harteau was out of town. Arradondo, who is African-America has been with the department since 1989. Betsy Custis, right, and others attend a march in honor of Justine Damond at Beard's Plaissance Park) Credit: Aaron Lavinsky/AP Harteau has spent her career with the department, starting as a beat cop in 1987 when she was just 22. After working her way up the ranks, she was appointed chief in 2012. She's had a rocky tenure in the top post and had become a political liability for Hodges, who's in a tough re-election fight. Their relationship was strained, particularly after the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark during a confrontation with two white police officers in 2015. The black man's death, amid heightened tensions around the U.S., sparked protests citywide that included an 18-day occupation outside the police station on the city's north side. A U.S. Department of Justice review faulted poor communications between the mayor and the chief. The chief and mayor butted heads again in April when Hodges blocked Harteau's promotion of Lt. John Delmonico to lead the Fourth Precinct, after the chief had already made the public announcement. Delmonico had been a critic of Hodges when he headed the police union. And it didn't help that Harteau was out of town when Damond was killed. Harteau, who said she was backpacking in an area with limited cellphone reception, told reporters Thursday that it would have been "challenging" to return but that she had kept in touch with her command staff. Harteau and her longtime patrol partner, Holly Keegel, were featured in a 1990 episode of the reality TV series "Cops." The partners endured years of harassment from some male colleagues, and it escalated to the point where they felt endangered because they weren't getting help when they would call for backup. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights upheld their discrimination and sexual harassment complaint, which led to changes in training and to discipline against some officers. City of Minneapolis ) Credit: City of Minneapolis /AP   Harteau and Keegel got married in 2013 after gay marriage became legal in Minnesota. Harteau told the Star Tribune a year later that they had separated amid the strains of her being chief. The chief was honored as grand marshal of the city's annual Pride Parade three years ago. But she found herself on the defensive in June when organizers asked law enforcement to minimize their participation due to tensions over the recent acquittal of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of another black man, Philando Castile, in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights last summer. She said she was "beyond disappointed" that she was not consulted beforehand, but later persuaded the organizers to welcome LGBT officers after all.



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Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chief

Australian woman 'didn't have to die': Minneapolis police chiefThe death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in both Australia and the United States. “Justine didn’t have to die,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau told reporters on Thursday in her first news conference about the shooting. Harteau said she apologized to Damond’s fiance for the loss of life, adding that the action taken by Officer Mohamed Noor, who fired the fatal shot, reflected “one individual’s actions.” She said the body cameras of the two officers on the scene should have been activated.



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