Cop who shot Justine must give statement

Posted July 22, 2017

Damond, a 40-year-old meditation instructor and life coach, was an Australian national who had moved to the USA to marry her fiance Don Damond - who on Monday had criticised a lack of information from investigators.

The teacher was then shot by a police officer - but body cameras and a squad camera are not believed to have captured the incident. "It's not second nature for officers to put those cameras on yet". "We got one down", the officer said.

Arradondo spoke Tuesday night shortly after state investigators released their first narrative of what happened.

All wanted answers from the officer involved and Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau, but none were forthcoming.

Noor fired his sidearm, striking Ruszczyk through the driver's window, which was open. Harrity has been an officer for one year.

Soon after the police squad auto containing Officer Noor, who joined the force two years earlier, and Officer Harrity, a one-year rookie, pulled into the alley behind her home with their vehicle's lights off. They're asking that he and any other possible witnesses contact the agency.

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.

Harteau said she was backpacking in remote mountains with poor cellphone reception, but receiving briefings.

Harteau acknowledged it was rare for a chief to speak so strongly so early in an investigation into an officer's conduct. Why was she killed? Damond had called about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. "That'll be part of the criminal investigation", she replied, referring to the independent probe by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Immediately afterward, Damond approached the driver's side of the squad auto and Noor, who was in the passenger seat, fired his weapon through the open driver's-side window, striking Damond, the agency said.

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols. The death of Damond, a 40-year-old spiritual teacher from Australia who was engaged to be married, drew worldwide attention and widespread mourning. Nearly 300 people gathered for the memorial.

BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Minneapolis
The bride-to-be would have tied the knot in August with her fiancé Don Damond , according to her fiancé's son. The former veterinarian became a yoga instructor, personal health and life coach and meditation teacher.

Ms Damond called her American fiance Don Damond several times alarmed by the sounds and a decision was made to call the police, the lawyer said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW radio on July 20: "What a bad tragedy. the whole incident is completely inexplicable".

"What happened to Justine hit home for some people in this neighborhood", he said.

An Australian bride-to-be shot dead by U.S. police after dialling 911 "did not have to die", authorities have admitted.

WILLIAMS: The BCA has released a few more details about the shooting, but they may not answer those questions.

Plunkett said he will ask for a coroner's report from an outside lab on Damond. He says something "clearly went tragically wrong".

At some point during responding, one of the police officers who arrived shot and killed her. He is among more Somalis hired in recent years as the department tries to diversify. The Somali officers on the force are seen as community role models, and are among the success stories of the immigrants in Minnesota.

That's when Ruszczyk approached Harrity's driver's side window. The meditation teacher and bride-to-be was killed by an officer who reportedly fired his weapon from the passenger seat of a squad auto.

Neighbors and friends of Justine chose to hold the walk after they came together to discuss how the community can seek justice, not only for Damond, but for all who have died at the hands of police. The city has turned the investigation of Damond's death over to the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Harteau said she did not know Noor well, and had spoken to him only in passing, but that he "absolutely" performed well during training. The review will examine how the department could improve its relationship with residents and its policing strategies.