“After much personal reflection and extensive discussion with my family and Mayor Frey, I made the decision not to accept a new term as chief of the Minneapolis Police Department,” Arradondo said.
He was the city’s first black police chief, appointed in 2017.
Arradondo said on Monday his decision to retire was based on time, not Floyd’s murder.
“The effects of Mr. [George] Floyd’s murder will definitely stay with me forever, but that hasn’t made my decision at this point, ”Arradondo said. “My decision at this point, quite frankly… was right that it was time. Thirty-two years of being able to give back to a city where I was born and raised is a blessing. ”
The boss called Floyd’s death “heartbreaking”
Video of the incident that led to Floyd’s death showed former officer Derek Chauvin kneeling impassively on the neck and back of the 46-year-old black man as he was handcuffed and lying in the street for more. of nine minutes, out of breath and telling Minneapolis officers, “I can’t breathe.”
“I looked them in the eye and said, ‘I’m sorry’ and said ‘Their brother’s death is not in vain,'” he said. “The grace and the love they showed, they hugged me and we hugged.”
“Once Mr. Floyd stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and tried to verbalize this, it should have stopped,” Arradondo said.
Chief and mayor announce key changes to police
Mayor Jacob Frey thanked Arradondo on Monday for his service.
“Throughout his term in the MPD, he did not hesitate to commit to truth, transparency and justice,” said the mayor.
Frey said he learned of Arradondo’s decision to retire this morning and will announce an interim chef in the coming days.
The recruitment process will also include a national search, according to the mayor. The term of office for a chief of police in the Minneapolis Police Department is three years.
Arrandondo, who grew up in Minneapolis, said he had “been blessed beyond measure to have served the people of this truly wonderful city.”
“After 32 years of service, I believe the time has come to allow new leadership, a new perspective, a new direction and a new hope to move the department forward in collaboration with our communities,” said the chief.
When asked if he plans to run for public office – including governor – Arrandondo said no.
“I have the utmost respect for these leadership positions, these political leadership positions, but no. I am open to exploration – not the governor’s position – I am open to exploring what my next will be. chapter. But I didn’t entertain politics at all, “he said.