Unarmed woman shot dead by Minneapolis police after calling 911 for help

Unarmed woman shot dead by Minneapolis police after calling 911 for help

The Star Tribune reports that one of the responding officers opened fire through the driver's side window of his squad vehicle, fatally striking Justine. The officer in the passenger seat shot Damond through the driver's side door, the three people told the newspaper.

Minneapolis police shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a suspicious noise in the alley behind her home.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

In a statement on Facebook, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said Sunday, "I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night".

Officials said the officers' body cameras were not turned on and that a squad auto camera did not capture the shooting.

The woman killed was identified by family, friends and clients as 40-year-old Justine Damond, a spiritual healer from Australia, who was also a bride-to-be. The group's executive director, Teresa Nelson, said the officers failed to obey department rules by not having their body cameras on. Meanwhile, Ruszczyk can be seen in the below video, titled "Justine Damond 7 2 17". The cops who responded to her call were wearing body camera but didn't turn them on.

The shooting of an Australian woman by USA police has raised serious concerns after it was revealed the officers didn't have their body cameras turned on.

She said Damond was due to be married soon.

Mr Damond said the woman, reportedly an Australian in her 40s, was "passionate" and his "best friend".

Justine Damond, an Australian woman who was shot dead by police in Minneapolis Saturday.

Her stepson Zach Damond posted an emotional video on Facebook in reaction to the tragic news.

Megan O’Leary of St. Paul left a message on the sidewalk part of the memorial where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond

"I know many of you are frustrated at the pace of information being released around Saturday night's shooting", Mayor Hodges wrote in a Monday Facebook posting.
"I am too". I hope to help us along that path in any way I can.

Damond's website says she was a yoga instructor, a personal health and life coach and a "meditation teacher, embracing and teaching the neuro-scientific benefits of meditation".

She had training as a veterinarian and ran meditation workshops.

Damond was set to marry Don Damond in August, but had already shed her maiden name Ruszczyk, the Tribune reports.

The medical examiner's office will be conducting an autopsy. "My heart goes out to everyone in the community, especially the family of the woman that was shot".

"She believed we have more power over our circumstances - even our genes - than we have been taught", Davis-Suggs said.

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

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson says consular assistance is being offered to the family involved.

The Star Tribune said some people wept at a vigil held in the neighborhood Sunday. Chalk drawings on the driveway where they gathered said she would be remembered as "a loving woman, a light to everyone".

"The BCA's investigation is in its very early stages", the agency said in a Sunday (July 16) news release. Investigators were still trying to determine whether other video exists.

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