MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Monday night, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the assistant Minneapolis police chief reacted to the new developments in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer.

The overwhelming feeling from the press conference was: they understand the frustration of the community to not have answers.

Hodges said it’s hard to have some of the picture but not all of it. She said she is dismayed there is not body cam video of what happened. Officer Mohamed Noor has not given an interview to the BCA to relay his account of what happened. She wishes he would.

“I wish that he would because he has a story to tell that no one else can tell,” Hodges said, “but I share the frustration of the community at not knowing things we desperately wish that we knew. The flip side is we want to make sure that the investigation is thorough, we want to make sure that the investigation is independent and we want to make sure that the investigation has integrity.”

Assistant Chief Mederia Arradondo said there is an internal affairs investigation open into the use of force. That is standard. The body cameras will be part of that investigation. Already in motion is a full review of the department policy including how often officers activate the body worn cameras.

While he wouldn’t talk about Noor’s training specifically, he did talk about changes made to that policy after the police shooting death of Jamar Clark.

“One of the things we recently have done in terms of a change of our policy, our use of force policy is we’ve embedded the sanctity of life, and that’s not only for our officers but that’s for our community members because we believe at the end of the day everyone should go home,” he said.

“Before anything else, if you look up our policy, our use of force policy, sanctity of life should be the guiding force in terms of how our officers are out there interacting with the community that we’re serving every day.”


Comments (3)
  1. Hodges can fire him for not refusing to make a statement to IA. Why is he still being paid?

  2. MN politicians should learn about Islam before they put followers of Islam into govt jobs

    What does Islam teach its followers? (muslims)

    Islam teaches some really nasty, nasty stuff
    Here’s a way for readers to see how “peaceful” Islam is from the comfort of their own home and learn it’s sinister truth
    The way to use that website Quran.com is to search for the verse you want, here’s a couple examples of verses I recommend, just copy each set of verse numbers below into the “search” bar at Quran.com
    8:39 “fight til all religion is for allah” IE. until all people are Muslim
    9:5 “when sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists” Islam considers Christianity polytheists
    4:89 “if they turn away (from Islam) kill them”
    2:191 “and kill them wherever you overtake them, such is recompense of disbelievers (non-Muslims)”
    8:67 “it is not for a prophet to have captives of war (slaves) until he inflicts a slaughter upon the land”
    47:4 “when you meet disbeliever (non-Muslim) strike neck” see 8:39 above Islam is at war with all
    5:51. “take no Jew or Christian as an ally”
    8:12 “cast TERROR into hearts of disbelievers, so strike their necks & strike every fingertip”
    8:60 “prepare whatever steeds of war you are able that you may TERRIFY enemies of allah” non-Muslims
    47:35 “do not seek peace while you are superior”

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