Chief: Australian Woman Shot By Cop 'Did Not Have To Die'


Justine Damond's lawyers have slammed claims the officers feared they would be ambushed.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said on Thursday that Justine Damond's death was "unnecessary" and that it went against her department's training.

Robyn Traxler, a lifelong resident of the Linden Hills neighbourhood, placed flowers at the memorial for Justine Damond on the steps of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community church.

When Ms Harteau finally fronted media on Friday (Australian time), her appearance was quickly followed by a rally, at which hundreds of furious locals joined Ms Damond's finance, Don Damond, and Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile who was shot dead by police past year, to speak out against police violence. She said she thought the person had yelled "help" and added: "I don't think she's enjoying it" and said the person seemed "distressed".

"These were the actions and judgement of one individual", she said.

The dispatcher asks the officer on the radio whether the situation is under control, and whether the ambulance can safely approach the shooting scene.

Minneapolis Police Department officers Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor responded.

The COPS program also has agreed to review the policies of North Charleston, South Carolina, after the 2015 fatal shooting of Walter Scott.

"Having the information that is publicly-available right now recognising there's an open BCA investigation".

He was the first Somali American officer to serve in Minneapolis's fifth precinct and one of fewer than a dozen Somali American officers in the department.

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.

Noor has thus far refused to be interviewed by BCA investigators.

"The family is interested in justice in (the) largest sense - an unbiased, transparent investigation, necessary changes in police training, officer selection criteria and practice, proper and non-discretionary policies on usage of forensic tools, including squad and body cameras, swift and sure discipline and full and complete recompense", Bennett said. She said she was concerned they had the wrong address, and gave it again. When the 40-year-old woman walked into the well-lit alley, she was gunned down by Officer Mohamed Noor, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

She said the impact of the shooting, which has drawn worldwide attention, particularly from Australia, has not been lost on her.

Harteau emphatically maintained that, based on what she knows, both officers' body cameras should have been running.

The death of Australian native Damond from a single gunshot has sparked outrage among family members and the public, and led Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call it "shocking" and "inexplicable". You said it's behind (inaudible)? Uh, you can't see anything, you're just hearing a female screaming then, is that what you're saying?

Noor fired from the passenger seat.

"It's just a tragedy from all perspectives", said Jack Kattner of Minneapolis.

Ms Harteau was also questioned about her apparent leap to the conclusion that Noor had acted improperly. "There are questions that need to be answered and he is the only one who has those answers", she said.