Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Minneapolis officer doesn't have to talk to state agents

Minneapolis officer doesn't have to talk to state agents

Scrutiny intensified into the death of Justine Damond, who was killed late Saturday by a police officer responding to her emergency call of a possible assault in an alleyway near her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A community march is underway in Minneapolis in honour of Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk, who was fatally shot by a police officer after calling 911.

Justine Damond was killed Saturday night when approaching a police auto, after she had placed an emergency call reporting a possible rape taking place near her home in Minnesota. "This did not happen".

The city's most senior police officer would not guarantee Officer Noor would be stripped of his badge, but said she had assured Ms Damond's family that justice would served.

"Are you Justine?" the dispatcher said.

Harteau said she had spoken with Damond's family and promised them "justice".

She said the shooting of the 40-year-old was "the actions and judgement of one individual's action" as she distanced her department from the incident.

Harrity told the BCA, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department, that he and Noor heard a "loud noise" before Noor fired a bullet as he sat in the passenger seat of the squad auto.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she expects police officers in the city to activate their body cameras the moment they began responding to a call.

Harteau said she hopes Noor will talk.

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"We are still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we are struggling to understand how and why this could happen", the family said in the statement. Harrity has told investigators he heard a loud noise near the squad auto just before Ruszczyk approached the driver's side.

"I just believe that we really need to go deep with this and follow through with this and people need to be heard", said Julie Shannon.

As well as Castile in 2016, Jamar Clark was shot by police in 2015, also in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.

Ms Harteau condemned Officer Noor's actions and distanced herself and her police department from him.

One of the open complaints resulted in a lawsuit in which Noor and two other officers are accused of assaulting and falsely imprisoning a woman. "Based on the publicly released information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension], this should not have happened", Reuters cited Harteau as saying. Noor has so far refused to speak to investigators. Noor's partner told state investigators that he had been startled by a loud noise right before the shooting.

Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo says the city is only eight months into the department-wide rollout of body cameras.

She said she's concerned about the impact of the shooting on Somali and East African officers and that she's reached out to the Somali community in Minneapolis.

Noor was sued in June along with two other officers in a case now in federal court for a rights violation over their role in transporting a woman to a hospital after a relative reported concern about her mental health.

According to the transcript, the operator told Damond that an officer was on the way to the scene. That the cameras were not recording on Saturday, she said, suggested a failure in training, a violation of policy or a deficiency in the current policy.

The family wants Noor to lose his job and they also have a list of changes to police protocols, the use of body cameras and training methods.

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