Australian Justine Damond shot dead by police in Minneapolis after calling 911

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

The shooting was called "tragic" by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who also held a news conference at City Hall on Sunday afternoon over the incident.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reportedly investigating the incident, which comes amid heightened tensions over the state's recent acquittal of the white cop who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop a year ago. The squad auto camera did not capture the incident either. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver's side door and was talking to the driver.

Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was a trained veterinarian who worked as a spiritual healer and meditation teacher. Investigators are looking for any video of the shooting of Justine.

"I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call the police and demand answers".

Both Hodges and Arradondo said they are not releasing the victim's name and said that information will later come from the BCA.

Justine Damond was engaged to Don Damond, 50, whose 22-year-old son, Zach Damond, was at the scene Sunday morning.

She said "We all want to know more".

Matt Omo, a close friend in Australia and a founder of his own wellness practice who often collaborated with Ms. Damond on meditation and personal development workshops, called her death a terrible tragedy.

In the video, which was posted Sunday to the Women's March Minnesota Facebook page, Damond described the woman who was shot as his "best friend". I'm so done with all this violence.

Damond's killing is causing more questions to arise about exactly what happened in her Fulton neighborhood after she called Minneapolis authorities for help.

Causing much confusion at the gathering-and in the community at large-was an admission from police that the officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time, nor did the squad auto cameras capture any video of the incident.

Ms Damond ran her meditation workshops at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, which paid tribute to her in a Facebook post. "Did the police officers turn the cameras off?" is a yes/no question, the answer to which could give the mayor and public a measure of comfort, although that's not the primary mission of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, of course.

"I think it's a systemic thing", she said. "My thoughts are with the family and the community".

Damond, whose partner is Don Damond, 50, is believed to have been living in the United States for at least the past three years.

"She was treasured and loved, and we will really miss her", she said.
"Now a force even more powerful than before, may your lovely light shine through the darkness", they wrote in a post.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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