Minneapolis police union head applauds Chief's resignation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The head of the union for Minneapolis police officers is applauding the resignation of Chief Janee Harteau

Union president Bob Kroll says Mayor Betsy Hodges should be the next to step down.

Kroll said Friday that Harteau's departure brings much needed change for the Police Department. He says the chief handled the shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond poorly, being gone for days and then getting back and "she basically throws the whole department under the bus."

Harteau said Thursday that Officer Mohamed Noor's actions "go against who we are in the department."

Kroll says Harteau's resignation was just a political ploy for Hodges to save her career. Hodges faces a tough re-election contest.

Kroll added that he's been talking with Noor daily, and is withholding comment on specifics of the shooting because Noor and his attorney haven't yet made a statement to authorities.