Minneapolis mayor demands answers after police kill Australian woman
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 17, 2017,
Jul 17, 2017, 18:39
The couple planned to marry next month.
Mayor Hodges and police said the BCA, which is handling investigation, would release further information as soon as possible.
People gathered near the scene of the incident Sunday night to remember the woman who lost her life.
A Minneapolis yoga teacher who called police Saturday night to report a disturbance near her house was fatally shot by an officer who, according to eyewitness reports, didn't even get out of the auto.
My understanding, from the BCA's initial statement, is that the officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time of the incident and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Some officers are known to deliberatly turn their cameras off so that they can protect themselves in the event of a shooting.It's also now known why the police officers did not use Taser guns instead of guns with bullets. Investigators are looking into whether other video of the shooting exists, the statement said. "I know that body camera footage has already been useful to this department in myriad ways, and will be again in the future".
"They are not the final step in transparency, but they are a big step toward it", the city government said in a statement announcing the change.
Family, residents and this city's mayor are demanding to know why a woman was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend and why the officer's body camera was off at the time, reports CBS Minnesota.
"Tonight, I'm sad, and disturbed", Hodges wrote on Facebook Sunday night. I know the neighborhood well. There is a long road of healing ahead, and a lot of work remains to be done. 'We are Axon, a team committed to pushing the boundaries of technology to help you feel more confident in the field, at the station and in court.
Both officers who attended the 911 call have been placed on administrative leave, the Star Tribune quoted police as saying.
"How could such a lovely soul", he asked, "with only the desire to help people be shot dead by the police?" he wrote in a Facebook message.
The victim, a life coach and meditation teacher, also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, but had taken the name of her fiancé, Don Damond, 50, who was on a business trip when she was killed. Tragically, a woman was fatally shot when one of the officers discharged their weapon.
"My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know", he said. "I hope people don't demonize all police officers ... but it's shoot to kill, not shoot to disarm".
"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bullshit".
In a recorded interview posted to the Facebook page of Women's March Minnesota, a man who was identified as the son of the woman's fiance described her as his "best friend" and "a passionate woman".
"The shooting happened at the end of the alley on W. 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes avenues S.in the city's Fulton neighborhood", the Star Tribune reported.
A 200-person vigil was held near the family's home as the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, where Damond ran meditation workshops, remembered her as "one of the most loving people you would ever meet".