I want to first extend my condolences to Mr. Travis Jordan’s family and friends.
I also want to acknowledge the impact that this occurrence has had on our two involved officers and their families. These two officers who took an oath to serve their community would never have wanted this outcome to be a part of their duties on that day. During their interaction they displayed professionalism in their communications and actions with Mr. Jordan, including immediately rendering first aid to him after he received his injuries.
A situation such as this is certainly devastating and sad to the family of the deceased, families of the involved officers and our community as a whole.
I appreciate and thank the Offices of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and its investigative team as well as the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman and Superintendent Drew Evans for the BCA’s important and critical investigative work. I also want to thank Mayor Frey for his continued leadership and commitment to working towards solutions that address the challenges surrounding mental health issues and trauma resources in our city.
As Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department I recognize that our men and women are being called upon to respond to many issues within our city that have been a part of our society for generations. Last year alone Minneapolis police officers responded to several thousand 911 calls involving community members experiencing a mental health crisis. Trauma is real and prevalent on many of the calls MPD officers respond to in the course of their shift. I will continue to ensure the MPD receives the best in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and De-Escalation Training from a trauma informed lens. I will also continue to advocate strongly for more 24/7 community based mental health services throughout our city.
Chief Medaria Arradondo
Minneapolis Police Department