Chief Medaria Arradondo, the first African American police chief in Minneapolis’ 150-year history, was publicly sworn in Friday in the South Minneapolis community where he grew up.
Community members, leaders and police officers packed Sabathani Community Center’s auditorium to witness history and offer well-wishes to the new chief of police. A private swearing-in ceremony for Chief Arradondo already took place last month at City Hall.
The community ceremony included remarks by Mayor Betsy Hodges, Dr. Josie Johnson and Chief Arradondo, who pledged to lead with integrity and accountability and to work to restore the community’s trust in the Minneapolis Police Department. He also acknowledged those in attendance — including his parents — who helped him along the way.
The Sounds of Blackness performed a song of hope, closing the ceremony on a high note. After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed food and youth dance and drum routines in the gymnasium.
See more photos of the event by Pete Rhodes below: