(KMSP) - Soon after calling for the resignation of the Minneapolis chief of police, Mayor Betsy Hodges was met with a similar demand.
After her press conference was flooded with protesters on Friday, Hodges was called an “ineffective leader” by John Thompson, a friend of Philando Castile.
Before she was shouted off the stage on Friday, Hodges announced her pick to be the next chief, veteran Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo. She says her nominee for police chief is adept at building relationships, a crucial skill in the wake Justine Damond’s death.
Last week, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot the unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 reporting a possible sexual assault.
While the shooting remains under investigation, Minneapolis lawmakers are weighing in on the new choice to replace former Police Chief Janee Harteau.
One Minneapolis city councilwoman wonders if an outsider may be a better pick for the department. She expressed concern about the cultural changes needed to create a difference in police violence, worried someone from within the police department may not be up to the task.
The president of the Minneapolis Police Officers Union also weighed in, telling Fox 9 that the chief's resignation was political, but he wasn't too sad to see her go.
"We all had high hopes for Chief Harteau," said Bob Kroll. "Which faded within the first six months of her tenure."
Harteau’s resignation on Friday came at Hodges’ request, who said she had “lost confidence in the chief.”
In response, Harteau said, “I’ve decided I am willing to step aside and let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.”
Harteau spent her career working her way up from the bottom of the Minneapolis police department. She became Minneapolis’ first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief.