Failure to turn on body cameras flouted Minneapolis PD policy

Posted July 19, 2017

Don Damond, Justine's fiance, wondered how police ended up killing the person who had placed the 911 call.

Minnesota officials were investigating on Monday how an Australian woman who called police for help over the weekend ended up shot and killed by one of the officers who responded in an alley near her house.

The Star Tribune identified the woman as Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney. The Bureau also said neither of the officers' body cameras were turned on and "the squad camera did not capture the incident".

While at the driver's door and talking to one officer, passenger Officer Mohammad Noor, with his firearm already drawn, allegedly shot her through the door.

The officer who fired at Ms Damond was Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American who joined the police department in March 2015.

"Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her", he said.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the shooting was "tragic".

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"Every officer who is responding to 911 calls is wearing a body camera", she told CBS News. One of the friends said, "This woman was a handsome light, she was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive". According to Reuters, the officers' body cameras were not switched on. Just four minutes later, officers on the scene reported they had opened fire.

In a statement released by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the family of the woman - who Minneapolis authorities haven't identified yet - said this is a hard time.

"Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists", the statement reads.

News of Justine Damond's death when she was shot by a Minneapolis police officer late Saturday has stunned many in her native Australia.

Ruszczyk was originally from Australia, though she was a USA citizen because her father holds United States citizenship, the source who knew her said. Don Damond said that his family is "utterly devastated", and has still received little information about what transpired from the Minneapolis police.

Around 200 people held a vigil outside her home following the shooting.

His father had been on a business trip out of town, and only returned on Sunday afternoon.