Minneapolis cops kill Australian woman who called 911

Lucy Bush
July 19, 2017

Hundreds of people gathered at the entrance of an alleyway in southwest Minneapolis Sunday evening to mourn a woman who was shot and killed by police there Saturday night.

The Star Tribune reports that police responded to reports of a possible assault about 11.30pm on Saturday, local time.

"I share the same questions other people have about why we don't have body camera footage of it, and I hope to get answers to that in the days coming", said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges at a news conference on the incident.

Both officers were wearing body cams at the time of the incident but they were not turned on as per department policy.

The victim, also known as Justine Damond, was reportedly shot in her driveway after she went out to see what was happening, but it is still unclear what led to the fatal shots.

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"This should not have happened. that could've been me, that could've been you, that could've been you, that could've been any of us", she added.

Joan Hargrave, a neighbour of Ms Damond, said: "I would call her just a deep, kind-hearted person". One of the friends said, "This woman was a lovely light, she was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive". If a body camera isn't turned on before use of force, it's supposed to be turned on as soon as it's safe to do so. One of the officers shot and killed the woman.

Justine Damond was shot to death after calling 911 to report a sexual assault nearby.

For reasons not yet understood, the officer in the passenger seat fired his weapon at Damond, shooting her through the driver's side door.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it is providing consular assistance to her family.

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"We have few facts at this point", she said. "Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists", said the news release.

Justine, who lived on Sydney's Northern Beaches before she relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a popular meditation coach and motivational speaker, as well as a trained veterinarian.

Mr Damond, 50, was returning from a business trip and was being picked up by his son Zach when the shooting occurred.

The woman's name was not released Sunday morning pending notification of family.

Nearly 200 people gathered near the scene of the shooting for an evening vigil paying tribute to the dead woman.

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