"I've 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.
"Last Saturday's tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection", she said in a statement. The mayor said she would not resign. Damond, 40, was shot at close range by officer Mohamed Noor through the window of the squad auto as she stood next to it, and died soon after. Per standard procedure, both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Police Department released transcripts from Ruszczyk's Saturday's 911 call, detailing what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Minneapolis' Fulton neighborhood.
In the past, the Minneapolis Police Federation has rushed to the defense of officers involved in on-duty shootings, and also recently backed a city officer charged with assault after a security camera caught him kicking a suspect in the face, the StarTribune reported. "This is a case that we can hopefully use to effect real change", he said. Her fiancé Don Damond says the family has been given no information about how the shooting happened.
"He's a fifth-generation Minnesotan, and he's appreciated and well-respected as a police officer", said Raeisha Williams, a 5th Ward city council candidate and the former communications director for the local NAACP. Protesters marched through the city afterward.
Williams dealt closely with Arradondo following the 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man whose death sparked large protests and an 18-day occupation outside of the north side police station.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a written statement that she and Ms Harteau agreed on Friday that Ms Harteau would step aside. "This is our house", said one woman.More news: Pixel Smartphones could feature Snapdragon 836 SoC
Harteau's resignation heartened protesters who came out to demonstrate at Loring Park.
"I think Justine is the last person you'd expect to be killed by police", Bennett said.
Minneapolis residents and demonstrators attended the news conference, and one man began shouting down Mayor Betsy Hodges, yelling, "we do not want you as mayor" and that she is "ineffective" to applause from those gathered. "It starts at the top, and the citizens just keep pushing for change".
A Minneapolis city councilwoman says she's had positive dealings with the mayor's pick to take over the police department, but she wonders whether it might be better to bring in an outsider.
"He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves", he said.
Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, at age 22.
Ms Harteau, a 30-year veteran of the department, was the first woman to lead it, and is Native American and openly gay.