Minneapolis police chief: Woman shot by officer 'didn't have to die'

Reuters  CBS                       Damond 40 was shot at her home in Minneapolis on Saturday night after making a'911 call to police

He recently represented Philando Castile's mother in a lawsuit over the police shooting death of her son.

The encounter has drawn worldwide outrage about American police practices; the Australian prime minister on Wednesday condemned the shooting of Justine Damond as "a shocking killing".

- With files from the Associated Press. He said that's when Noor fired the fatal shot from the passenger seat.

The two 911 calls were released by the City of Minneapolis on Wednesday.

"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.

"Are you Justine?" the dispatcher said. She said Thursday she was backpacking in remote mountains on a personal trip, but received briefings.

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.

Agents interviewed Harrity Tuesday but Noor has declined to be interviewed.

The damning comments from Noor's boss come as a neighbour has shed light on the officer's character and reputation in the townhouse complex where he lived with his large family.

Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau, center, stands with police inspector Michael Kjos, left, and assistant chief Medaria Arradondo during a news conference Thursday, July 20, 2017, Minneapolis.

No weapon was found at the scene.

Mr Noor hasn't spoken with state investigators about the shooting and, legally, doesn't have to. That man stopped and watched as officers attended to Damond. They're asking that he and any other possible witnesses contact the agency.

She was scheduled to return on August 1, she said.

David Klinger, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri-St.

"It's certainly reasonable to assume that any police officer would be concerned about a possible ambush under these circumstances", the newspaper quoted attorney Fred Bruno as saying.

"Police officers are citizens. they have the same Fifth Amendment right as anyone". He will have to give a statement as part of his department's internal investigation.

Officer Matthew Harrity told investigators yesterday that he had been "startled by a loud sound" near the squad vehicle just before Damond approached, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in a statement.

"He has a story to tell that no one else can tell", she said.

Noor could still be forced to if police ordered a "garrity" - where an employee can be ordered to give a statement. I wish we could.

Harteau also said that Noor and his partner should have activated their body cameras before encountering Damond. "It's not second nature for officers to put those cameras on yet". He said the department wants to increase that frequency.

Addressing media in Minnaepolis, Ms Harteau said Ms Damond's death "should not have happened".

The bureau said forensic testing is being completed and evidence is still being examined. Mourners threw pink flowers into the Pacific Ocean. One was closed without discipline, the other two remain open.

The publicly released information isn't too detailed.

In Cleveland, the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice helped spur a Justice Department investigation and consent decree that led to a revised use-of-force policy.

"I mean, how can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from the police be shot like that?" She trained as a veterinarian and later became a yoga instructor and life coach and was planning on getting married next month.


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