A group of influential community leaders issued a vote of no confidence in Minneapolis police chief-nominee Tim Dolan, in part because of his handling of a recent fatal police shooting, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Ten of the 16 community members of the Police Community Relations Council yesterday urged residents to ask Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council to remove Dolan from consideration. His nomination goes to the city’s Executive Committee today.
The concerns were raised about the death of Dominic Felder, who police said died during a struggle after he threatened to kill a neighbor. The Police Community Relations Council members were concerned that co-chairs of the group had been given information on the shooting that Felder’s relatives hadn’t yet been told. There also was a dispute about how many times Felder was shot. A spokesman for Rybak said the mayor feels confident that he has enough support to get Dolan through for the full council vote. A majority of council members have informally thrown their support to Dolan.