How did Minneapolis get its current mayor and police chief, who have performed so poorly in the current community uproar over a death in police custody? Would you believe it was because a policeman shot an unarmed woman?
In 2012 Mayor Betsy Hodges named Janee Harteau
Minneapolis’ first female (and lesbian) police chief. Harteau did all the progressive police training that one would expect of a diversity hire putting on a show.
“Harteau implemented procedural justice training, implicit bias training and expanded training for all officers to handle situations with people experiencing mental health emergencies.
“Minneapolis police also embraced a set of reforms that came out of an Obama administration task force on so-called 21st Century policing.”
The force also recruited from unrepresented communities, like the Somalis whom Lutherans and Catholics had dumped into Minnesota to swell the welfare caseloads and ease white racial guilt. But the phony “professionalism” collapsed.
2015 saw the death of black Jamar Clark by the police. A year later African-American Philandro Castile met the same fate at the hands of the sensitivity-trained force. Harteau managed to survive those incidents. But 2017 brought the final straw.
On July 15 Australian native Justine Damond, a white woman who had called the police about some suspicious activity, approached the patrol car that had been sent to check out her complaint. As Damond came to the driver’s side window, Somali immigrant and affirmative action hire Officer Mohammed Noor, sitting in the passenger side, pulled his service gun out and fired at her, directly across the chest of his partner. Damond was killed almost instantly.
This caused a bit of a problem. Mayor Hodges, already in tough re-election struggle within her Democratic-Farmer Labor Party, turned to Harteau for an explanation. But Harteau was incommunicado, having gone hiking with parties unknown. (She had “married’ her favorite female sergeant the year before.) It took the chief four days to get back to her job — I guess those Suburu Outbacks aren’t all that people say they are — by which time things were out of hand.
In fairness to Harteau, she likely didn’t rush back from her hiking vacation in the wilderness because she put little credence in the initial reports she received on the Damond shooting. After all, everyone, especially a racial progressive, knows that although the police feel free to shoot blacks, police never even draw their guns on white people. That is the essence of white privilege.
Naturally, Harteau had no real answers for what had happened to Damond. What was she going to do, say the former hunter-gatherer Somali was not up to the job, or claim he had been poorly trained? C’mon, man!
Hodges quickly threw the butch under the bus. As the replacement Hodges turned to Harteau’s assistant, Medaria Arradondo, a black. His claim to fame was that he and a few others had years before sued the Minneapolis Police Department for passing them over for promotions, had won the suit and then had split three-quarters of a million dollars in city-paid damages. He also got promoted real fast after that — obviously. Nobody likes to get sued twice by someone who’s already taken you to the cleaners.
It wasn’t enough to save the mayor’s job, however. Hodges was replaced by Democratic progressive Jacob Frey, who put a Beto O’Rourke metrosexual face
on the exact same policies Hodges had pursued. Frey also kept Arradondo on as police chief, as if he had a frigging choice. And that’s how we got here.
The death of Floyd has come as a shock to many. Among that number is former chief Harteau, who now lives in sunny Florida and gives speeches on leadership. (That is NOT sarcasm, it’s the truth.) The Wall Street Journal quotes her about the MPD:
“It’s a model for what police departments should be doing…How could this still happen’?” she said. “I just don’t understand when we
are doing all these things. It makes me question everything I knew to be true.”
Yes, such questioning is a start. The white citizens of Minneapolis, like too many whites in the United States, appear to labor under the delusion that if you do the same thing over and over, you’ll get a different result. That’s a form of mental illness. Call it white ethno-masochism.
It needs immediate treatment.