The Brooklyn Center City Manager, Curt Boganey, has been fired after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott’s assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Minneapolis suburb should immediately be fired.
As City Manager, Boganey controlled the police department.
Speaking earlier to reporters, he said the officer who shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright would get ‘due process’ after the shooting.
‘All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,’ he said.
But the mayor, unhappy at the public disagreement quickly took the police department under his control and the Brooklyn Center City Council voted to fire Boganey, a longtime city employee, during an emergency meeting.
‘Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties, and the deputy city manager will be assuming his duties moving forward,’ Elliott wrote on Twitter. ‘I will continue to work my hardest to ensure good leadership at all levels of our city government.’
Mayor Elliott said city council had voted to give his office ‘command authority’ over law enforcement.
Elliott called the shooting ‘deeply tragic’ and said the officer should be fired.
‘We cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people,’ he said. ‘We´re going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole.’
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Source: Daily Mail