Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Australian Woman Fatally Shot by Police Officer in Minneapolis

Australian Woman Fatally Shot by Police Officer in Minneapolis

Sources told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Officer Mohamed Noor, who was seated on the passenger side of his police cruiser, shot Damond through the driver's side window while she was talking to the driver.

The officer, identified as Mohammed Noor with little more than two years experience on the force, shot Ms Damond a few times from the passenger seat.

Damond's name hasn't yet been released by authorities, but her identity has been confirmed by people in the south Minneapolis neighborhood where she lived with her fiance.

The BCA was investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting, and Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Sunday that the officers involved has been placed on administrative leave.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement that "at one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman". The police officers' body cameras were turned off, and the squad car's camera also failed to capture the incident. But the department did not say why the officer opened fire.

Last year, the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) implemented a body camera policy requiring officers to activate cameras in when responding to calls like Damond's.

The shooting has shattered Ms Damond's family and friends in Australia and the U.S. and outraged residents of Minneapolis and adjoining St Paul who are still reeling from other high-profile police shootings. The woman has been widely identified by media as Australia native and meditation coach Justine Damond.

A Facebook page called Women's March Minnesota posted a video on Sunday and said, "We demand justice!"

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"I have the same questions you do, and I seek the same answers you seek", she said in a statement Monday. "We can't even imagine LHSC without her".

No weapon was found at the scene, and a family friend told the Star-Tribune that Ms. Damond would not have been carrying a gun.

Justine Damond ran her meditation workshops at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, which paid tribute in a Facebook post. Damond had called police for help, after Justine reported a potential assault on Saturday evening behind her home.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy on the deceased woman. The agency didn't release the officers' names.

"This killing shows us that no one is immune", one speaker said at the vigil. "I want to know more", Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said during a news conference Sunday afternoon.

"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bulls-t".

"Her interest in supporting people to heal and transform themselves developed after she saw family members suffer greatly from depression, alcoholism and cancer", her website said.

Hannah said the woman worked as "a spiritual healer" and that "she was the most loving woman" who "kind of flowed through the house so lightly".

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