The shooting of Justine Damond by Mohamed Noor should have been the occasion for a wholesale nationwide reevaluation of the idea that police officers should be hired and kept on the force on the basis of their race and religion, not on the basis of merit. Not only has that not happened, but instead, Janee Harteau has been named 2017 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
“Police chief awarded despite Damond anger,” by Peter Mitchell, Australian Associated Press, August 4, 2017:
Ousted Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau, who remained on holidays in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Australia’s Justine Damond, has won an award.
Ms Harteau was named the 2017 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year on Thursday.
The former chief resigned after Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced less than a week after Ms Damond’s death she had “lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us further”.
Ms Damond, a 40-year-old life coach originally from Sydney’s northern beaches, called 911 just before midnight on July 15 after she thought she heard a woman near her Minneapolis home being raped.
Officer Mohamed Noor arrived in a patrol car and shot Ms Damond dead as she approached the driver’s side window….
Ms Harteau continued her holiday for four days instead of immediately returning to Minneapolis after Ms Damond’s death.
The former chief told reporters she was “backpacking in the mountains” and “had intermittent phone service”.
She received the award at the annual conference of National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives in Kansas City….