Betsy Hodges’ public humiliation quite likely signals the end of Hodges’ political career. While attempting to announce her pick to be Minneapolis’s police chief, Mayor Hodges was drowned out by protesters attending the press conference.

One protester interrupted Hodges, saying “We ask you for your prompt resignation. We don’t want you as our mayor of Minneapolis anymore. We are asking you that you take your staff with you. We don’t want you to appoint anybody anymore. Your leadership has been very ineffective, and if you don’t remove yourself, we’re going to put somebody in place to remove you. Your police force has terrorized the city enough. Your press conference is ineffective because you won’t let the people in. And you didn’t want to hear us, so you hear me now. We do not want you as our mayor of Minneapolis, and we’re asking you to resign.”

The protesters were there because a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an Australian woman named Justine Damond:

On Saturday, Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman living in Minneapolis called 911 to report a possible rape occurring outside of her building in an alley. When officers responded, their body cameras were turned off. When Damond approached the officers’ squad car, one of the officers fired one shot at Damond, fatally wounding her.

This video shows how out-of-control things got:

What’s more is that this isn’t the first controversy Janeé Harteau has been involved in as Minneapolis’s police chief:

Levy-Pounds was among the prominent early supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis and spoke out against Jamar Clark’s death, pushing for charges against the officers involved. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined to charge the officers involved in Clark’s death, saying the deadly force was justified. Police Chief Janeé Harteau also found that the officers’ actions were warranted.

The Jamar Clark shooting triggered a city-wide revolt in Minneapolis. It will be difficult to get things under control anytime soon.

4 Responses to “Betsy Hodges’ public humiliation”

  • Chad Q says:

    Good, they are starting to eat their own now. Problem is they will elect someone just as bad or worse than bicycle Betsey.

    While I think the police were justified in the Clark case, the recent shootings of two dogs and Ms. Damond really make a person question whether or not the police force is trained correctly and if political correctness/affirmative action hiring’s are causing the problems. Based on the body cam video, the dogs were not a threat and it sounds like Noor never should have been on the force. Bad apples spoil the whole lot.

  • Rex Newman says:

    I agree with CQ (and LFR). But replacing Hodges with the next predictably clueless, spineless progressive won’t fix anything.

  • eric z says:

    Chad and Rex, do you live in Minneapolis so that you’d have a vote? I do not. I live CD6 where I am forced by majority vote to endure clowns like Bachmann and then Emmer, and Abigale Whelan as my HD35A rep. Yuk.

    Which legislative districts are yours?

  • Gary Gross says:

    I live in HD-14B.

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