Monday, 18 December, 2017

Officer accused of shooting Australian 'healer' identified

Justine Ruzczyk with her fiance Don Damond and his son Officer accused of shooting Australian 'healer' identified
Christy Curtis | 19 July, 2017, 01:56

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said police responded to "a call of possible assault" when "at one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman".

Noor and the other officer did not have their bodycams on at the time of the shooting, and both are on paid administrative leave.

She had called police to report what she believed to be a possible sexual assault in the quiet neighbourhood and had gone up to the auto to speak to the officers inside.

However, police said the officer's body worn cameras and a camera in their squad vehicle had been switched off at the time of the shooting which may hamper the investigation.

Noor has since hired a lawyer, Thomas Plunkett, who said in a statement that Noor moved to the U.S.at a young age and found his calling as a cop.

But he also has two complaints against him, still pending, from earlier this year and 2016. Justine Damond was living with her fiance in Minneapolis and they were planning to marry in August, the Associated Press reports.

Ruszczyk was originally from Australia, though she was a United States citizen because her father holds U.S. citizenship, the source who knew her said.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau called the shooting "clearly a tragic death" and said she wanted to acknowledge the pain and frustration being felt following the shooting.

Bustle has reached out to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. She died at 11:51 p.m., it stated.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Monday that the fact that the body cameras were not turned on was a violation of the city's policy.

It was late Saturday evening, at approximately 11:30 p.m., when Noor reached across Matthew as the driver of the police squad auto to shoot Justine, who was wearing pajamas.

The other officer was "stunned" when Noor opened fire on Damond, a source told KARE.

Minneapolis mayor is "deeply disturbed" by...

"It is hard to fathom how to go forward without her in my life", Damond said Monday.

The Minneapolis Police Dept. requires any officer involved in using force to activate a body camera, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported late Sunday, noting that, when activated, the body cameras feature a 30-second buffer - which allows whatever occurred in the crucial 30 seconds before the camera was activated to still be recorded. Many of them were neighborhood residents.

She had originally trained to be a veterinarian and had attended the University of Sydney.

She said there are a lot of unanswered questions - many of which she's pushing to get the answers to as quickly as possible.

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by USA police after making an emergency call to them is complaining that authorities have pretty much left them in the dark as to how it happened.

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