Minneapolis officer who shot Australian woman had no issues in training

Minneapolis officer who shot Australian woman had no issues in training

Minneapolis attorney Bob Bennett confirmed Thursday to The Associated Press that he was representing the family of Justine Damond, who died Saturday night shortly after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

"Justine didn't have to die ..."

The Australian was shot by officer Mohamed Noor just minutes after police responded to her 911 call about a suspected sexual assault in the alleyway behind her home in Minneapolis.

"This is not about one police officer ― this is about a broken system". She based her analysis on information released by the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Noor hasn't provided his explanation for what happened Saturday when he fired a shot from the passenger seat of a squad vehicle and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond.

"We are talking about one individual's actions", she said.

Harrity said that he and Noor saw a man, estimated to be between 18 and 25, bicycling in the area before the shooting.

Organizers say the walk was about healing and comforting those who are mourning the loss of the 40-year-old woman. Harteau said she wishes he would, because "there are questions that need to be answered and he is the only one that has those answers".

Bennett also dismissed the ambush theory: "I think that's ludicrous. It's not about race or ethnicity".

"That's not how we train", Harteau said of Noor shooting from inside the vehicle. "He was very suited to be on the street".

For an outlet concerned with police brutality, WaPo starts off describing a party being thrown for Officer Noor, followed by how his presence on the force made his community proud of him.

The department had only had the body cameras for eight months, so it was "not second nature" for them, she said. "Certainly, when you're going to have interaction when you're dispatched to a call", Harteau said.

Ruszczyk was engaged to be married to Minneapolis resident Don Damond and often used his surname.

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Justine Ruszczyk, also known by her fiance's last name, Damond, was shot as she approached the officer's vehicle. She said she thought the person had yelled "help" and added: "I don't think she's enjoying it" and said the person seemed "distressed".

"This has had a negative impact on the trust we've built", she said.

Noor was sitting in the passenger seat at the time and reached over his partner, Matthew Harrity, to open fire. Asked about firing the shot from inside the squad, Harteau was succinct: "That's not how we train".

Other than Harrity's statement to BCA, police officials have shared little information about the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

Ruszczyk's death has been ruled a homicide.

Harteau had been out of town since the shooting.

WILLIAMS: Bethany Bradley says she lives several blocks from the scene of the shooting.

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. "Given the facts that we know that the investigators have given us, those body cameras should have been on", Hodges said.

She promised to do all she could to make sure Ms Damond's family got the answers they are so desperately seeking.

Ms Damond's death is the third at the hands of Minnesota police in less than two years. The family received a $3 million civil settlement.

Farhio Khalif, a Somali and women's advocate, called Damond's shooting "unacceptable" and said the incident has taken a toll on local Somalis.

The death of Australian native Damond from a single gunshot has sparked outrage among family members and the public, and led Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call it "shocking" and "inexplicable".

BRADLEY: If I had stepped outside to go meet them, would I have been shot?

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