Minneapolis council approves changemaker as new police chief

Nov 3, 2022, 10:22 AM | Updated: 10:41 am
Brian O'Hara, left, was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey, in the City Hall, Council chambers in Mi...

Brian O'Hara, left, was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey, in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov 3, 2022. O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)

(Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a former public safety director from New Jersey to take over the city’s police department, as it struggles with depleted staffing and the uncertainty of an ongoing federal investigation following the killing of George Floyd.

Brian O’Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, will start serving as Minneapolis’ police chief Monday.

“Everyone is hungry for change in this city. I’m not here to maintain the status quo,” he told reporters after the council vote.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey nominated O’Hara to lead the police department in September and said Thursday that the city needs someone like O’Hara right now.

“This moment matters,” Frey said. “The act of stepping up for this job – at this time – is an act of courage.”

Minneapolis has been at the center of calls for changes in policing since the May 2020 killing of Floyd, whose death under an officer’s knee led to nationwide demands for racial justice and an end to police brutality. Calls to abolish the department or dismantle and replace it with a new department of public safety were rejected by voters in the city last year.

The city is also under a federal investigation into its policing practices, and it is expected that court-enforced changes will be ordered through a consent decree. The city is currently working with the state Department of Human Rights on a similar process, after an investigation by that agency found the department has engaged in a pattern of race discrimination for at least a decade.

O’Hara has overseen such change before, after the Department of Justice found that the Newark Police Department had engaged in a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing. From 2017 through 2020, O’Hara worked to ensure that a 2016 consent decree was implemented and that the Newark department complied with efforts to change the agency’s culture.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


              Brian O'Hara stands  in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov. 3, 2022.  O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Minneapolis Police officers showed their support for Brian O'Hara in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov. 3, 2022.  O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Brian O'Hara stands in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov 3, 2022. O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Brian O'Hara, left, was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey, in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov 3, 2022. O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Brian O'Hara hugs a police officer in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Brian O'Hara stands in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Nov 3, 2022. The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 unanimously approved a former public safety director from Newark, New Jersey, to take over the city’s police department, at a time when it is struggling with depleted staffing and the uncertainty of an ongoing federal investigation following the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)/Star Tribune via AP)
            
              Brian O'Hara, left, was congratulated by Mayor Jacob Frey, in the City Hall, Council chambers in Minneapolis on Thursday Nov 3, 2022. O'Hara, deputy mayor of Newark, was introduced as Mayor Jacob Frey's top pick Thursday. If confirmed by the City Council, O'Hara will lead the department through changes expected to be ordered as the result of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)

AP

Maria Chagwena, a millet farmer, holds a plate with millet grains outside her house in Zimbabwe's a...
Associated Press

UN eyes revival of millets as global grain uncertainty grows

RUSHINGA, Zimbabwe (AP) — While others in her Zimbabwean village agonize over a maize crop seemingly headed for failure, Jestina Nyamukunguvengu picks up a hoe and slices through the soil of her fields that are lush green with a pearl millet crop in the African country’s arid Rushinga district. “These crops don’t get affected by […]
22 hours ago
This shows a Chinese Dahua brand security camera in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. Aust...
Associated Press

Australian Defense Department to remove Chinese-made cameras

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Defense Department will remove surveillance cameras made by Chinese Communist Party-linked companies from its buildings, the government said Thursday after the U.S. and Britain made similar moves. The Australian newspaper reported Thursday that at least 913 cameras, intercoms, electronic entry systems and video recorders developed and manufactured by Chinese companies […]
22 hours ago
FILE - A sign at Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, Dec. 8, 2022. Many Twitter users f...
Associated Press

Twitter scrambles to fix meltdown as many unable to tweet

Many Twitter users found themselves unable to tweet, follow accounts or access their direct messages on Wednesday as the Elon Musk-owned platform experienced a slew of widespread technical problems. “Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We’re aware and working to get this fixed,” the company tweeted […]
22 hours ago
President Joe Biden speaks about his economic agenda at LIUNA Training Center, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2...
Associated Press

Biden warns of GOP plans for Medicare, Social Security cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security, the GOP howls of protest during his State of the Union address showcased a striking apparent turnaround for the party that built a brand for years trying to do just that. Biden is not about to let Republicans […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Court upholds Wash. residency requirement for pot industry

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge has upheld Washington’s residency requirement for involvement in the state’s legal cannabis industry — a decision at odds with a federal appeals court ruling concerning a similar requirement in Maine. A man who co-owns a chain of Washington cannabis stores called Zips, Scott Atkinson, wanted to transfer part of […]
22 hours ago
The Florida Capitol rotunda is abuzz with people during the Special Session Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023...
Associated Press

Florida GOP advances Disney district, migrant flight bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers advanced proposals on Wednesday to strip Disney of its self-governing status, expand a controversial migrant transportation program and strengthen prosecutions tied to the state’s election police unit. The bills, part of a hastily called special legislative session in the GOP-controlled statehouse, are key priorities of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis […]
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Minneapolis council approves changemaker as new police chief