“The current officer training program indoctrinates individuals of all races into a system that teaches them to act first, think later, and justify with fear,” she said.

The shooting came just weeks after the acquittal of ex-St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, and nearly two years after Jamar Clark was shot and killed during a scuffle with two Minneapolis police officers who were not charged.

Widespread protests followed the deaths of both men, who were black. When Hodges was asked if race played a role in her demands for immediacy and transparency in the Damond investigation, Hodges said it wasn’t about her personal feelings but about the importance of communication.

“I’ve learned a lot of lessons, almost two years ago, going through the experience of Jamar Clark,” she said.

While Hodges expressed her desire that Noor would offer a statement on what happened that night, Arradondo said he would not cast judgment.

“It is his right,” Arradondo said. “He has legal representation and I want to respect his right for that.”


Staff writers Pat Pheifer, James Eli Shiffer, Paul Walsh, Faiza Mahamud and Libor Jany contributed to this report.