Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Officer Shooting of Australian Woman

Elias Hubbard
July 22, 2017

"You shouldn't shoot unarmed people who call the cops", Bennett said.

The Minneapolis police chief has resigned following the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer.

However, Noor's ethnicity is irrelevant, said Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis.

On Saturday, Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis, when responding officer, Mohamed Noor, shot her from his squad vehicle.

"Janeé Harteau has served the Minneapolis Police Department and the people of Minneapolis for 30 years with vision, determination, and strength".

Mohamed Noor's lawyer Tom Plunkett told CBS that he wants a second lab to go over the autopsy reports to see if Damond had taken the sleeping pill, Ambien.

Harteau's press conference came hours after an attorney who represented another police shooting victim in Minnesota said Damond's family had hired him. Hodges said in a blog post Thursday that officers should turn them on any time they are responding to a call.

Damond's family has said it wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their cameras. Sometimes those changes have been initiated by departments themselves; sometimes they have been ordered by the federal government or through a lawsuit.

"It's been an honor to serve the residents of Minneapolis and the officers of the Minneapolis Police Department".

A "march for healing" is planned for the Australian woman who was shot dead by a Minneapolis officer responding to her 911 call. She has overcome barriers and challenges that most of us can't begin to imagine to become one of the top law-enforcement officials in America in a male-dominated profession.

Damond called 911 twice Saturday night to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

He said it would be "nice to know if there was any Ambien in her system".

Mohamed Noor (centre) fatally shot an Australian bride-to-be.

Also Thursday, attorney Bob Bennett, who represented the family of black motorist Philando Castile, said he is representing Damond's family.

Bennett tells WCCO-TV that Damond's family is in disbelief at her death on Saturday night, after she dialed 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Among those gathered to mourn Justine Damond Thursday evening was Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile who was shot to death by a suburban police officer during a traffic stop in July past year.

The lawyer, Bob Bennett, reached a almost $3 million settlement in June for the family of black motorist Philando Castile from the St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb of St. Anthony.

Former officer Yanez Jeronimo, who killed Castile, was acquitted last month of first-degree reckless homicide. He could be fired if he refuses, but anything he says can't be used in a criminal case.

Moments later, Noor fired on Ms Damond through the driver-side door after hearing a loud banging noise and seeing a man riding a bike nearby.

Noor has declined to speak with the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is handling the investigation.

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