Friday, July 21, 2017

Under the bus

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau came back to town yesterday. We're not sure how she arrived, but I suspect it might have been by bus, because she threw Mohamed Noor under it:
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau on Thursday called the shooting death of Justine Damond “unnecessary” and bluntly said it contradicted the mission and training given to her officers.

“Justine didn’t have to die,” Harteau said.

In her first public appearance since the Saturday shooting, Harteau said that based on what is publicly known about the case, there is no justification for officer Mohamed Noor’s decision to shoot Damond.
Nope. Don't look at us fine folks at the MPD. Harteau was just getting warmed up:
“Based on the publicly released information from the BCA, this should not have happened,” Harteau said, referring to a preliminary investigative report released earlier in the week. “On our squad cars, you will find the words ‘To protect with courage and serve with compassion.’ This did not happen.

“I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers. These were the actions and judgments of one individual,” she said.
So I guess Noor is on his own. Watch carefully, though:
Harteau’s news conference, attended by several members of the Australian media, ranged over topics from Noor’s training to Harteau’s absence from Minneapolis since the shooting. Harteau said she did not know Noor well, and had spoken to him only in passing, but that he “absolutely” performed well during training. She dismissed claims from critics such as former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who on Wednesday called Noor, who is Somali-American, “an affirmative-action hire.”

“This is about an individual officer’s actions. It is not about race or ethnicity,” Harteau said. “We have a very robust training and hiring process. This officer completed that training very well, just like every officer. He was very suited to be on the street.”
Hmmm. The message, none too subtle, is Noor screwed up. Yet "he was very suited to be on the street?" How does that work?

Sometimes the body cameras are operating. In those cases, we see the MPD shooting dogs:
Body camera video from a Minneapolis police officer who shot and seriously wounded two dogs in a residential backyard not only shows the best view yet of the animals’ temperament and movements during the encounter, but the officer is heard moments later apologizing to a sobbing resident while declaring his love for dogs.

The shootings on the night of July 8 behind the home in the 3800 block of Queen Avenue N. also were captured nearly in their entirety on residential surveillance video, which Jennifer LeMay, the dogs’ owner, posted on Facebook, quickly leading to hundreds of thousands of views.
You can watch the video at the link if you're so inclined.

Do we have any conclusions? Not yet, although it's possible to surmise MPD officers have their fingers on the triggers quite a lot. Around here, we shoot first. The asking questions later bit drags on for a while.

9 comments:

R.A. Crankbait said...

Asking questions is what lawyers are for.

Gino said...

Shouldn't there be riots already?

Mr. D said...

Shouldn't there be riots already?

It’s tough to stage a riot in Minneapolis these days; all the freeways are already blocked because of the road construction.

Seriously, I don’t see that happening. People in Fulton don’t riot and there’s no angle for Nekima Levy-Pounds and her crew to grab onto. It’s tough to fit “Aussie Yoga Instructor Lives Matter” onto a placard.

Bike Bubba said...

Gino, remember that you've got a Somali-American on one side, and a yoga instructor and "spiritual person" on the other. No clear SJW equation, so the riots will be delayed.

My take is that he knows he's looking at 10-20 unless he throws the MPD under the bus, and so he will. He will explain that they were partnered with rookies instead of veterans, that he was an affirmative action hire, and that he was told to keep his finger on the trigger. (he'll produce carry permit instructors with combat/MP experience to explain why that's a really bad idea)

He'll get 2-5 years, and then the fur will fly as his victim sues the snot out of the MPD.

Gino said...

Didn't the chief just taint the jury pool with her comments? He can't get a fair trial now.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Give the coverage, there's no place in the world he can get a fair trial.

Bike Bubba said...

Maybe I'd just be a better than average prospective juror--and hence unlikely to be selected--but I like to think I'd be open to exonerating evidence in this case. I don't think that one foolish comment from the former chief of police totally prejudices the process. Again, my view is that what it does is give Noor carte blanche to throw his employer under the bus--and I'm guessing what I listed above might be a fairly short list of the ways he can do this.

The results could be nothing short of spectacular, and in some ways could be the best thing to happen to the MPD and police departments nationwide in a long time. It all depends on how he plays it.

R.A. Crankbait said...

What has he got to lose?

Bike Bubba said...

Well, he could get a longer prison term if he doesn't have any evidence to throw the MPD under the bus. That's why he's got a lawyer, really.