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Chaos in Minneapolis: Angry protesters shut down mayor’s press conference as police chief RESIGNS over death of bride-to-be Justine Damond at hands of 'startled' cop {F}

Killer cop says he shot Justine Damond because he was 'startled' by her when she ran towards his car in the dark after loud noise - and had no idea she was 911 caller

'We do not want you as our mayor!' a protester (pictured) yelled at Hodges, who asked for the resignation of Harteau following the police-involved shooting death of Justine Damond on Saturday night

  • Dozens of angry protesters shut down press conference of Mayor Betsy Hodges 
  • 'We do not want you as our mayor!' one man said as he called for her resignation
  • Hodges was announcing nomination for police chief when protesters walked in  
  • Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced her resignation Friday in a statement
  • Chief's departure comes less than a week after an officer fatally shot Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman 
  • Hodges said she asked for Harteau to resign saying she lost 'confidence' in her 
  • On Saturday, bride-to-be Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault 
  • Damond reportedly walked up to the police car and started talking to the driver when Officer Mohamed Noor shot her through the driver's side door
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (pictured) said she was 'heartsick and disturbed by what occurred'. On Friday she released a statement saying she asked for the chief's resignation because she 'lost confidence' in Harteau's 'ability to lead us further'
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau (pictured) announced her resignation Friday at mayor's request following the shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond, 40, who called 911

Just hours after Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau (right) was forced to resign on Friday over the fatal shooting of Australian woman, Justine Damond, outraged protesters took over Mayor Betsy Hodges' (left) press conference and called for her resignation

'I have heard you, and I have listened...,' Mayor Hodges (right) said as she attempted to calm the crowd, but she was immediately interrupted as the man continued to yell: 'You have failed us since you’ve been in office'

'I have heard you, and I have listened...,' Mayor Hodges (right) said as she attempted to calm the crowd, but she was immediately interrupted as the man continued to yell: 'You have failed us since you’ve been in office'

'We do not want you as our mayor!' a protester (pictured) yelled at Hodges, who asked for the resignation of Harteau following the police-involved shooting death of Justine Damond on Saturday night

'We do not want you as our mayor!' a protester (pictured) yelled at Hodges, who asked for the resignation of Harteau following the police-involved shooting death of Justine Damond on Saturday night

The angry crowd of protesters started chanting, 'Bye, bye Betsy' as the mayor was escorted out of the press conference

The angry crowd of protesters started chanting, 'Bye, bye Betsy' as the mayor was escorted out of the press conference

'We want you to take your staff with you because they have terrorized us enough,' a man yelled as protesters in the room called for 'Justice for Justine'. Justine Damond (pictured) was shot and killed by police officer Mohamed Noor on Saturday night after calling 911

'We want you to take your staff with you because they have terrorized us enough,' a man yelled as protesters in the room called for 'Justice for Justine'. Justine Damond (pictured) was shot and killed by police officer Mohamed Noor on Saturday night after calling 911

In a statement posted to the police department's website earlier on Friday Harteau said: 'I've decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be.'

'Last Saturday's tragedy, as well as some other recent incidents, have caused me to engage in deep reflection,' Harteau said in her statement.

'Despite the MPD's many accomplishments under my leadership over these years and my love for the city, I have to put the communities we serve first.'

Earlier on Friday, Mayor Hodges issued a statement immediately after Harteau resigned, saying she asked for the chief to step down.

'As far as we have come, I've lost confidence in the Chief's ability to lead us further - and from the many conversations I've had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,' Hodges said.

Mohamed Noor
Justine Damond

Bride-to-be Damond (right) called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis, when responding officer, Mohamed Noor (left), shot her from his squad car

The outraged protesters told the mayor they had enough and it was time for new administration as they called for her to resign as well 

The outraged protesters told the mayor they had enough and it was time for new administration as they called for her to resign as well 

Photos of the press conference showed the Mayor Hodges leaving as protesters took over the room 
Protesters take the podium after Mayor Hodges is escorted out

Photos of the press conference showed Mayor Hodges (left) leaving as protesters (right) took over the room 

'For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD,' the statement read.

'In conversation with the Chief today, she and I agreed that she would step aside to make way for new leadership. I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it, and I have accepted it,' Hodges said. 

The mayor also announced her nomination for the new police chief.

'I will nominate current Assistant Chief Medaria "Rondo" Arradondo as Minneapolis' next Police Chief,' she said.  

Damond was at home Saturday night when she called 911 to report a noise and a possible assault in an alley near her home.

Minneapolis Police Chief responds to shooting of Justine Ruszczyk

While police did not have body cameras switched on during the shooting, sources with knowledge of the incident claim the officers arrived at the alley at 11.30pm that night.

Damond reportedly walked up to the car and started talking to the officer driving.

Noor was in the passenger seat of his police car and his partner, one-year rookie Matthew Harrity, was driving when they pulled into an alley behind the Damond's home.

Officer Noor shot across Harrity and out the driver's side open window at Damond as she suddenly approached their vehicle.

Damond, originally from Sydney, had been living in the US for three years and was due to marry American businessman Don Damond, 50, in August.

At the time of the shooting Don, the vice president of Little Six Casino was away on business.

Her soon-to-be stepson Zach was reportedly also not at the home at the time, but returned on Sunday to discover the crime scene.

Call for answers: Don Damond, Justine's fiance, fought back tears as he said earlier this week that the cops have failed to provide any explanation

Call for answers: Don Damond, Justine's fiance, fought back tears as he said earlier this week that the cops have failed to provide any explanation

'Thrown under the bus': Proud Somali-American Mohamed Noor said his fellow officers are not backing him. A friend told Daily Mail.com: '... in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues'

'Thrown under the bus': Proud Somali-American Mohamed Noor said his fellow officers are not backing him. A friend told Daily Mail.com: '... in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues'

Justice for Justine protesters march through Minneapolis
Before her resignation, Harteau was criticized for remaining on holiday for four days during the aftermath of Damond's shocking death.

Earlier this week she said she wanted to assure the grieving family that justice would be served.

At a press conference on Thursday, the chief repeatedly criticized Noor despite the investigation into Damond's shooting being in its early stages.

'I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers,' Harteau said. 

'These were the actions and judgement of one individual.'

Harteau said she had spoken to Don Damond and told him 'Justine did not have to die'.

'I'll do everything in my power to make sure due process is followed and justice is served,' she said.

Noor's family has complained the Somali-born 32-year-old, who joined the police force two years ago, has not received support from other officers since the shooting.

The Minneapolis police union has also unusually declined to publicly defend him. 

Hundreds walked through the streets of Damond's southern Minneapolis neighborhood on Thursday, less than a week after she was shot and killed by a police officer

Hundreds walked through the streets of Damond's southern Minneapolis neighborhood on Thursday, less than a week after she was shot and killed by a police officer

Don Damond was comforted outside his home by Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, as demonstrators march by Damond's home during the Peace and Justice March for Justine

Don Damond was comforted outside his home by Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, as demonstrators march by Damond's home during the Peace and Justice March for Justine

Zach and Don Damond outside their Minneapolis home on Thursday when a protest march was held following the death of Justine Damond

Zach and Don Damond outside their Minneapolis home on Thursday during the protest march

Damond's dad John Ruszczyk (pictured) is seen at a vigil held for his daughter on Sydney's northern beaches on Wednesday

Damond's dad John Ruszczyk (pictured) is seen at a vigil held for his daughter on Sydney's northern beaches on Wednesday

OFFICER NOOR'S STATEMENT FROM HIS ATTORNEY

'Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. 

He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.

He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. 

He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. 

He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. 

Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.

The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. 

We would like to say more, and will in the future. 

At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.'

The police chief also said Noor must be afforded due process as investigators continue to piece together the chain of events.

Harteau also criticized the officers for not having their body cameras on.

Noor's training had shown no indication he would have any 'issues', she said.

Damond's fiance, who was happy for Justine to use his last name before they were legally married, has described her death as a 'homicide' increasing pressure on officials to come to a speedy conclusion with their investigation and either charge officer Noor or exonerate him.

The state's Bureau of Criminal Affairs (BCA), the agency investigating the shooting, said Friday that Noor is still refusing an interview with authorities.

But investigators located and interviewed a witness they had been seeking, the BCA said.

The witness had been bicycling near the scene of the shooting and had stopped to watch officers provide first aid. The BCA did not disclose what the witness told investigators.

On Thursday, Tom Plunkett, who is representing Minnesota policeman Mohamed Noor, told CBS he would like a second lab to examine the results of the autopsy on Damond because 'it would be nice to know if there were some Ambien in her system'. 

Ambien is a sedative often prescribed to people who have difficulty sleeping.  

Both officers involved in the shooting have been put on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure following similar incidents.

Despite the outcome of the investigation, both men face being punished and possibly losing their jobs.

They were in breach of their department's strict bodycam rules and were compelled to switch on body cameras and record their interactions when answering the 911 call.

On Thursday, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Minneapolis to honor the life of Justine Damond.  

Friends, family and strangers held an emotional rally to pay tribute to Damond who was renowned for her caring nature.

'We gather before you in our heartbreak, in our longing for healing,' one woman can be heard saying on video captured at the protest.

Those who gathered held placards carrying messages of 'Justice for Justine', 'Justice of all' and 'Unite for Justice'. 

 

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Partner of cop who killed bride-to-be 'was STUNNED when his colleague reached across him in squad car and shot her in the stomach' Justine Damond killer cop says she 'startled' him

  • Mohamed Noor has not spoken to state investigators about why he shot Justine Damond in Minneapolis on Saturday - but has given an account to friends 
  • They have spoken to DailyMail.com and revealed his first detailed version of how he shot the bride-to-be, 40, after she called 911 
  • Noor says she approached their police cruiser in the dark after a loud bang and that he could not tell what she was carrying, so he shot her
  • He was 'startled' and the cruiser's lights were off at the time, he has told friends
  • Noor, a Somali-born American has also said he feels isolated for his race and friend said: 'His feeling is "I am an immigrant, a Muslim and not white."'
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued statement on Tuesday night revealing he had declined to be interviewed by its investigators 
He speaks: Mohamed Noor has told friends - but not state investigators - what happened in the alleyway on Saturday night which ended in the death of Justine Damond
He speaks: Mohamed Noor has told friends - but not state investigators - what happened in the alleyway on Saturday night which ended in the death of Justine Damond

He speaks: Mohamed Noor has told friends - but not state investigators - what happened in the alleyway on Saturday night which ended in the death of Justine Damond

Minneapolis mayor's plea for information regarding Justine Damond

Justine was unarmed and had called 911 caller to alert police to what she believed may have been a rape taking place in the alley behind her home.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a friend of Noor told DailyMail.com that the officer had opened fire when an unidentified figure emerged from the dark and ran towards the vehicle.

The officer said he was not sure what the person was carrying and momentarily opened fire through his driver-partner's open window.

It was confirmed that Justine's cell phone was found alongside her during the tragedy.  

Noor told associates it was dark and the situation was already tense as the caller had been 'panicking' when making the 911 call reporting an assault in the alley beyond where Justine lived with her fiancé and his son.

The squad car, driven by his partner Matthew Harrity traveled hastily down the unlit alley between Washburn and Xerxes avenues south from West 50th Street toward West 51st Street. 

Crucially, the vehicle did not have its lights on and this may have been so as not to give any suspect notice that police had arrived and buy precious time to apprehend the target. That the car was unlit was disclosed by Harrity to the BCA.

Both Noor and the BCA's version of events agree on the car's lights being off. 

According to Noor's version when they reached the end of the alley, they came across a waiting, panicking figure. 

It was dark, and the figure was moving around and approached their vehicle.

Noor said he did not know whether the figure who rushed towards their vehicle was the 911 caller or even if it was a man or woman.

He his weapon through Harrity's open driver's window hitting his victim once in the abdomen.

Both he and Harrity gave CPR to the victim before help and back up arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

'We're demanding answers' Australian PM speaks after shooting
'Thrown under the bus': Proud Somali-American Mohamed Noor says his fellow officers are not backing him. A friend tells Daily Mail.com: '... in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues.'

'Thrown under the bus': Proud Somali-American Mohamed Noor says his fellow officers are not backing him. A friend tells Daily Mail.com: '... in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues.'

 Call for answers: Don Damond, Justine's fiance, fought back tears as he said earlier this week that the cops have failed to provide any explanation

Call for answers: Don Damond, Justine's fiance, fought back tears as he said earlier this week that the cops have failed to provide any explanation

Also seeking answers: John Ruszczyk, the heartbroken father of Justine Damond, spoke in Sydney, Australia, to ask for the 'light of justice to shine down' on his daughter's death

Also seeking answers: John Ruszczyk, the heartbroken father of Justine Damond, spoke in Sydney, Australia, to ask for the 'light of justice to shine down' on his daughter's death

Vigil held for Justine who was fatally shot by police officer

The friend said: 'Mohamed believes he acted to protect himself and his colleague, but accepts since that she was not armed.

'It was over in seconds and it was a very tense moment. He is sorry for the woman and her family. 

'But he would never have opened fire without genuinely feeling in danger.'

The officer, who is now suspended form the Minneapolis P.D., feels he has been 'thrown under the bus' by his Minneapolis police colleagues, the friend said.

'He is aware that they normally come together at times like this and support each other with slogans like "Blue Lives Matter".

'But in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues.

'He feels like he is being thrown under the bus and his colleagues are accusing him of not showing proper police conduct on Saturday night.

WHAT HE SAID IN PUBLIC THROUGH HIS ATTORNEY

'Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. 

He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.

He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. 

He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. 

He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. 

Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.

The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. 

We would like to say more, and will in the future. 

At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.'

'His feeling is 'I am an immigrant, a Muslim and not white... but that is OK as I know the Somalian community and friends will support me.'

Friends say they would soon be starting fund raising to help meet his legal bills among the Somali community.

They said the reason he had not given an interview to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is probing the shooting, was that he had been given legal advice not to.

Some of his friends have been shocked at some of the online abuse he has been receiving, however, with remarks claiming Justine would not have been shot by the Somalian-American officer if she had been 'wearing a burka or hijab.'

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodge said: 'We do have more information, though it's frustrating to have some of the picture but not all of it.

'We cannot compel officer Noor to make a statement; I wish we could. I wish that he would make a statement.'

Police said Harrity had indicated he heard a loud sound near his car, in the seconds before his partner Noor opened fire.

Investigators are searching for a cyclist who may have important information about the shooting.

He was white, male and aged between 18-25 and may have stopped and seen the aftermath as medical assistance was applied.

Neither Noor or Harrity, who had three years police service between them, had activated their body cams.

Noor said this was because they were not yet out of their vehicles and had only been at the scene for a short time.

But Noor was in breach of his own police department's strict bodycam rules and now faces severe punishment, even if exonerated and could lose his job for not following the guidelines.

The officer knew he was compelled to switch on his body camera and record his interactions when answering a 911 call to reports of a sexual assault.

Department policy says it should be switched on for 'any search', and crucially, 'prior to any use of force'.

Justine's fiancée Don described her death as a 'homicide' and supporters are calling for a federal investigation into her death. 

THE FATEFUL 911 CALL WHICH LED TO JUSTINE DAMOND'S DEATH 

Incident Number: 17-265936 July 15, 2017; 23.27:02

Time: 23:27:02

Operator: 911, what's the address of the emergency?

Caller: Hi, I'm, I can hear someone out the back and I, I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped.

Operator: Give me the address.

Caller: XXXX Washburn Avenue South.

Operator: Washburn Avenue South. You said it's behind (inaudible)?

Caller: And there's a (inaudible) out the back, yup, yup. And I think she just yelled out 'help,' but it's difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don't think she's enjoying it. I think it's, I don't know.

Operator: Okay, already got a call started and help on the way. Uh, you can't see anything, you're just hearing a female screaming then, is that what you're saying?

Caller: Yeah. It sounds like sex noises, but it's been going on for a while and I think she tried to say help and it sounds distressed.

Operator: Okay, I've already got an officer on the way. What is your name?

Caller: JUSTINE.

Operator: JUSTINE, what's your last name?

Caller: JUSTINE.

Operator: JUSTINE.

Caller: Yeah.

Operator: And a phone number?

Caller: REDACTED

Operator: Okay, we've already got help on the way. If anything changes before we get there just give us a call right back, but officers should be there soon.

Caller: Thanks.

Operator: Okay, not a problem.

[DAMOND CALLS BACK AT 23.35:23] 

Operator: 911, what is the address of the emergency?

Caller: Hi, I just reported one, but no one's here and was wondering if they gotthe address wrong.

Operator: What's the address?

Caller: XXXX Washburn Avenue South. It supposed to be Washburn Avenue South.

Operator: Are you JUSTINE?

Caller: Yeah, (inaudible).

Operator: You're hearing a female screaming?

Caller: Yes, along behind the house.

Operator: Yup, officers are on the way there.

Caller: Thank you.

Operator: You're welcome, bye.  

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Cop who shot dead Justine Damond offers condolences

The partner of a Minneapolis cop who shot dead bride-to-be Justine Damond was 'stunned' when the officer opened fire through a squad car door, sources say.

Matthew Harrity, who was in the driving seat, was speaking to Damond after she called 911 to report a sexual assault occurring near her home, when his partner reached across him and fatally shot her in the abdomen.

A police source told KARE11 that Harrity was 'left stunned' by Noor's actions.

The revelation makes the motive for shooting all the more mysterious as it seems that Harrity did not see Damond as posing a threat.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, BCA, investigating the incident, is remaining tight lipped about what happened late that Saturday night until they finish interviewing Noor and Harrity as part of their probe. 

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges is demanding to know why neither officer had their bodycam turned on at the time, which she called a 'key question' for investigators.

Meanwhile, Noor, 31, has offered his 'condolences' but demanded everyone respect his privacy after opening fire on the 40-year-old yoga instructor. 

A timeline shows the events that led up to the fatal shooting at around 11.30pm on Saturday

A timeline shows the events that led up to the fatal shooting at around 11.30pm on Saturday

Mohammed Noor (left) shot Justine Damond, 40, (right) who was wearing pajamas, from the passenger seat of his squad car while she spoke to his colleague on the drivers side in a back alley

Pride: This picture dates from 2015 and shows Officer Noor being inducted into the Somali American Police Association 

Pride: This picture dates from 2015 and shows Officer Noor being inducted into the Somali American Police Association 

The Minneapolis cop who shot dead bride-to-be Justine Damond through a squad car door (pictured is reenactment) 'offers condolences'

The Minneapolis cop who shot dead bride-to-be Justine Damond through a squad car door (pictured is reenactment) 'offers condolences'

Autopsy results reveal Damond, who was wearing her pyjamas when she was shot by policeman Noor, died as a result of a homicide.

The chilling moments directly after she was killed were captured on an audio exchange between dispatch and the officers involved, on the website Minnesota PoliceClips.

The call begins just before 11.28pm on Saturday night, when an officer can be heard saying there is a 'female screaming behind the building'. 

The officer says they are performing CPR after 'shots fired and one down' and call for other units, including medical, to come to 'Code 3, Washburn and 53rd St'. 

STATEMENT FROM POLICE OFFICER MOHAMED NOOR

'Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.'

'He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.'

'The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.'

'No suspects at large,' the cop told the dispatcher after around a minute.

While the autopsy has determined the cause of death, the manner of the shooting remains unclear.  

Mayor Hodges is now asking why the officers' cameras - which could have provided clear evidence to the events that unfolded that night - were off.

'You know, I fought hard to make sure that we have body cameras, she told GMA. 'They're a very powerful tool, they're not an infallible tool, but they're an important tool in 21st century policing and I don't know why they weren't turned on.

'I don't know what happened. That's one of the key questions that we have as the investigations move forward.' 

Police in Minneapolis are required to wear bodycams at all time, but they are not continually active and are manually switched on when an officer anticipates they will be needed. It is not know why the squad car camera cannot be used in this case. 

The decision to equip all police with bodycams came after the black motorist Philando Castile was shot by an officer in 2016 in controversial circumstances.

The BCA is currently trying to establish if any video of the shooting exists and Noor has already hired an attorney, according to local Minneapolis news.

The Mayor, who previously posted on Facebook she 'wanted to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Boor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, demanded fast answers as the investigation began on Monday.

The BCA are handling the investigation as part of an agreement made in 2014 so the Minneapolis police don't investigate themselves in sensitive 'critical incident' cases, aimed at bolstering trust in the police. 

Police radio after fatal shooting of Minneapolis home owner
Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges (pictured)  said a 'key question' for investigators was why those cameras were off 

Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges (pictured)  said a 'key question' for investigators was why those cameras were off 

JUSTINE DAMON'S SHOOTING: WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR 

What we know

Justine Damon, 40, an Australian living with her American fiance in Minneapolis, called the police to report a sexual assault in the alley near her home.

Officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity arrived at the property on Washburn and 53rd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota, before 11.30pm on Saturday.

Justine Damon, 40, an Australian living with her American fiance in Minneapolis called the police to report a sexual assault in the alley near her home (pictured is her home and the alley that runs alongside it)

Justine Damon, 40, an Australian living with her American fiance in Minneapolis called the police to report a sexual assault in the alley near her home (pictured is her home and the alley that runs alongside it)

Officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity arrived at the property on Washburn and 53rd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (pictured) before 11.30pm 

Officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity arrived at the property on Washburn and 53rd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (pictured) before 11.30pm 

Neither of the officers switched on their body cameras.

Harrity, the squad car driver, was speaking to Damon who was stood outside the car window when Noor leaned across him and opened fire.

Noor shot multiple times, hitting Damon once in the abdomen. She died at 11.51pm from the gunshot wound, the autopsy revealed.

Harrity was reportedly 'stunned' by his partner's actions.

Both cops have been placed on administrative leave.

The investigation is being conducted by a state agency, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, rather than internally by Minneapolis police.

There were no weapons recovered from the scene of the shooting.

What we don't know

It is still unclear why Noor shot the unarmed woman.

While some had theorized he may have perceived the meditation instructor as a threat to his partner, Harrity's surprised reaction, according to sources, makes that less likely.

The BCA are handling the investigation as part of an agreement made in 2014 so the Minneapolis police don't investigate themselves in sensitive 'critical incident' cases, aimed at bolstering trust in the police.

Harrity was interviewing Damond, when Noor reportedly reached across him and shot her (cops at the scene after the shooting)

Harrity was interviewing Damond, when Noor reportedly reached across him and shot her (cops at the scene after the shooting)

Justine Damond's father John speaks after the death of his daughter

 Don Damond,fiance of an Australian woman shot dead by police after she called 911 to report a sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home, fought back tears as he claimed that the cops have failed to provide any explanation

Don Damond, Ms Damond's fiance, was comforted by a friend after addressing the media

Don Damond, Ms Damond's fiance, was comforted by a friend after addressing the media

John Ruszczyk (pictured), the heartbroken father of Justine Damond, has called for the 'light of justice to shine down' on the mysterious death of his daughter at the hands of U.S. police

'Our hearts are broken': Fiancé of Justine Damond speaks

The 40-year-old was gunned down by Noor, 31, the first Somali-American officer in his precinct. 

Family and friends have been devastated by the loss of Justine  Damond (pictured) 

Family and friends have been devastated by the loss of Justine  Damond (pictured) 

Justine Damond presents one of her spiritual workshops
Justine Damond (pictured with her husband to be) was shot dead in her pyjamas by police in the United States, after calling 911 to report a disturbance in an alley near her home at South Minneapolis, Minnesota

Justine Damond (pictured with her husband to be) was shot dead in her pyjamas by police in the United States, after calling 911 to report a disturbance in an alley near her home at South Minneapolis, Minnesota

Community leader: Officer Noor (center) met with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (not pictured) in 2016 where she praised him for joining the police force 

Community leader: Officer Noor (center) met with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (not pictured) in 2016 where she praised him for joining the police force 

Meeting and greeting: Mayor Hodges posted this picture of Officer Noor in his uniform to her Facebook page in 2016 along with a tribute to him 

The messages were accompanied by the names of others who had been shot my police

The lawsuit stems from a police call on May 25, 2017, when Noor and two other officers took a woman to hospital and she claimed that they carried out false imprisonment, assault and battery.

According to the ongoing lawsuit, the woman claimed that Noor 'grabbed her right wrist and upper arm' when moving her, leaving her 'immobilized'.

The woman, a retired social worker from Minneapolis, alleged that she had called 911 to 'report an unknown young male who was sitting on her retaining wall behind her house smoking marijuana.'

Officers followed up on her complaint but returned to her home at 8pm to carry out a welfare check after 'one or more relatives' allegedly complained to police that she had 'some sort of mental health problem'.

WHY DID POLICE HAVE THEIR BODY CAMERAS TURNED OFF? 

- The use of body cameras, or portable video recorders (PVR), was initiated in Minneapolis during 2016.

- Police introduced the technology in an effort to reduce complaints about the behaviour of officers and also to ensure vital video evidence was captured.

- In Minneapolis, where Ms Ruszczyk died, the cameras must be manually switched on by police. They are automatic in other parts of the US.

- According to Minneapolis government's policy, the body cameras must be turned on by when they anticipate they may be involved in a certain situation.

- Situations where they must be switched on include: Traffic stops, arrests, physical confrontations, crimes in progress and suspicious person stops.

- It was last week revealed that the usage of body cameras among officers in Minneapolis was low as 4% in some areas when responding to 911 calls.

Source: Minneapolis Government

The woman alleged that she told the officers to leave but they forced a way into her home through a screen door and told her she was going to hospital for a 'mental health crisis.'

'Defendant Officer Noor grabbed Plaintiff's phone from her hand and then grabbed her right wrist and upper arm, thereby immobilizing her,' the complaint alleged.

She was eventually released from hospital one and a half hours later after a physician ordered that she was discharged, according to the court documents.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told the Star Tribune on Monday the police officers' body cameras should have been operating when they responded to Ms Damond's call. 

'I do understand this, they were driving down an alley, the victim approached the car. That's not necessarily a time you must [be taping], but frankly I think it's a time you should,' he said. 

The county attorney said he would decide whether or not to charge Noor with the shooting. 

Noor, 31, has in the past been personally praised by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

He also holds a degree in administration and economics.  

Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau issued a statement on Monday calling the death tragic.

'I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death,' said Harteau.

Many of Justine's family, friends and loved ones were emotional at the press conference

Many of Justine's family, friends and loved ones were emotional at the press conference

Justine Damond's death has sparked fury, both in the the US and in Australia where it is front page news

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Comment by El-Bull on July 24, 2017 at 9:40pm

“WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED” STREET SIGNS APPEAR IN MINNEAPOLIS

Someone is trying to warn residents of Minneapolis that police in the area are a bit, er, jumpy.

From the Star Tribune:

Joe Morino brought an incredulous friend to see the orange street sign he just spotted in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

The official-looking metal sign read: “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.” It featured a graphic silhouette of a police officer, a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.

“There’s a side of truth to the sign,” Morino said after snapping a picture of it. “That tells you there is something wrong with the system.”

The sign, which was still up at 8 p.m. Sunday, was one of at least two seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.

Another sign was spotted near the corner of Snelling and University avenues in St. Paul, according to a photo that circulated Sunday on social media. A Facebook post said that sign later was removed.

Each was screwed into upright metal posts in the same fashion as conventional street signs, making them appear official.

The signs appear to have been inspired by two officer-involved shootings this month in Minneapolis.

On July 8, Minneapolis cop Michael Mays shot two dogs in their own backyard. Thankfully, the dogs survived, but they suffered serious injuries, not to mention the emotional trauma of being shot in their own yard. Mays attempted to justify firing at the dogs, claiming that they were charging him. But Jennifer LeMay, the dogs’ owner, has surveillance video footagethat proves Mays is lying – the dogs were not charging the cop, and did not present a threat to him.

On July 15, Justine Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 to report a possible assault behind her home. Officer Matthew Harrity, Noor’s partner, told the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) that he was startled by a loud sound near the squad car right before Damond approached and was shot by Noor. It’s not clear what the “loud noise” was that Harrity described hearing, but police dispatch audio released online shows there was a report of “aerial fireworks” in the area that night.

Two previous deaths by Minneapolis cops raised concerns about the state of policing in that city.

In 2016, Philando Castile was shot to death by a Minneapolis cop during a traffic stop – in front of his girlfriend and her daughter. Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who killed Castile, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, but was found not guilty. Yanez was fired from the police force and then given nearly $50,000 and any unused personal leave pay as part of a voluntary separation agreement. Valerie Castile, the shooting victim’s mother, was awarded a $3 million settlement, which precluded the possibility of a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Jamar Clark was shot by Minneapolis police in November 2015. Clark was unarmed, but police say he reached for a cop’s gun during an altercation with two officers and was “actively resisting arrest.” Many witness accounts dispute the cops’ story. Some witnesses reported that Clark was in handcuffs when he was shot in the head, calling it an “execution-style” killing.  Clark died in the hospital the night after the shooting.

Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the mayor’s request. Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us further” and that “it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well.”

From The New York Times:

Chief Harteau, a 30-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force, said in a statement that “the recent incidents do not reflect the training and procedures we’ve developed as a department.”

“I’ve decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the M.P.D. to be the very best it can be,” Chief Harteau said. “The city of Minneapolis deserves the very best.”

As of July 23, 684 people have been killed by cops in the US in 2017, reports the website Killed By Police.

Perhaps signs like the ones appearing around Minneapolis are needed everywhere in America.

Comment by Rick on July 24, 2017 at 12:43pm
This should teach us a lesson.
Comment by Still waters on July 24, 2017 at 11:23am
Malcom X said it best "the chickens have come home to roost". Now let's see what happens since the shoe is on the other foot.
Comment by CJordan on July 24, 2017 at 7:52am

did you notice the cop that killed this white lady was Somolian? They are calling him Killer cop because he is Black but they exonerate the killers of Eric Garner, Freddy Grey, Mike Brown, Castille, The Young lady that white cops killed in their custody. Do you see the hypocrisy? A white cop is called a hero for killing a black person but a Black cop kills whitey and they call him Killer Cop!. F*** outta here he did what he had to do because she shouldn't have rolled up on him in the dark and startle him. After all a call was made for suspicion of a burglary in progress. Im with you Brother.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 23, 2017 at 8:41pm
All these black men got killed by cops in, and no one does this, they call blm, racist,ban Kolin Kaepernick from the NFL,for protesting, but a black cop or Muslim kill a white woman and white people shut down city hall. Kmt
Comment by AfricanGoddess on July 23, 2017 at 1:00pm

Now the conversation will change...

Comment by Fang on July 23, 2017 at 2:40am
GOD...bless us all, for there is one ugly sin that is destroying mankind and that is RACISM. We might see ourselves differently to others, but to GOD we all are the same.
Comment by GospelPan on July 22, 2017 at 11:07am
A white cop kills an unarmed black man and the cop was scared for his life. The media accepts the account and all is well. However, a black cop kills an unarmed white woman and he's labeled "killer cop" by the media?? They are going to crucify this man, officer or not...
Comment by Al3xa on July 22, 2017 at 8:47am
The Husband and the Step Son barely shed a tear. There's more to the story than what is being speculated. Sad,the woman died.
Comment by Fang on July 22, 2017 at 3:43am
Isn't it funny how this officer is labeled..."killer cop" because he's black and shooting of a white person. It is always a sad situation when someone loses there life by the hands of the police, dispite of color on both sides. The love ones of this lady should seek justice for, which is only natural...but, I the think the people, media also the justice system should handle this case in a fair and unprejudiced manner... don't nail this man to the cross because he's a black officer who shot a white person. Please be fare, think about all the black unharmed people who got gun down by white police officers, too many to count and many of the officers didn't even get a slap on the wrist for there crimes. "ALL HUMAN LIVES ARE IMPORTANT AND VALUED". My condolence the family and love ones of Justine Damond. Rest in peace.

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