The Somalian community in Minneapolis has publicly claimed that the response to the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk by police officer Mohamed Noor is racist and Islamophobic.
Warsame also criticized the media, asserting that they have unfairly focused on Noor’s ethnicity.
Following the arrival of the officers, Ruszczyk was speaking to Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, when Noor shot her in the stomach.
Noor has refused to speak with state investigators regarding the shooting and is not legally obligated to do so.
“Over the 30+ years that I’ve served as a police officer in the City of Mpls, moving up through the ranks to Police Chief, I have woken up every day knowing that this job is not about me,” Harteau’s post read. “It is about the members of the communities that we serve and the police officers who protect our residents. I am proud of the great work the MPD has accomplished. For example, I am proud we are already a leader in 21st Century and community policing.
“However, last Saturday’s tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection. The recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a Department. Despite the MPD’s many accomplishments under my leadership over these years and my love for the City, I have to put the communities we serve first.
“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.”
The tragedy is still under investigation.
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