200 join Healing and Justice Walk in honor of Justine Damond

Posted July 22, 2017

Hundreds of people joined a march in Minneapolis to honor the life of an Australian woman fatally shot by a police officer after she dialed 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Sydney-raised Ms Damond, 40, called the 911 emergency number twice on Saturday around 11.30pm after hearing what she feared was a woman screaming while being sexually assaulted behind her home in one of Minneapolis' safest suburbs.

"On our squad cars you will find the words, "To protect with courage and serve with compassion". This did not happen".

Before Ms Damond's death, Ms Harteau had already been battling community backlash in the wake of the shooting death of Mr Castile at the hands of police in neighbouring St Anthony.

"I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped", Damond told the operator.

She died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.

While her family made no public announcement, they waved to marchers passing by and her fiancé, Don Damond, shed tears while greeting well-wishers.

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"The officer does has due process, and it's my goal to assure that due process is followed so that justice can be served".

Speaking publicly for the first time since Damond was killed on Saturday night, Harteau described the shooting as "the actions and judgement of one individual" and vowed to tighten police training and body camera policies.

The lawyer for one of two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman said Wednesday that they may have feared an ambush.

Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo was acting on Chief Harteau's behalf while she was away and she said she had "the utmost faith" in his abilities.

"She obviously wasn't armed, was not a threat to anyone, and nor could she have reasonably perceived to be", he said. Noor's partner told state investigators he had been startled by a loud noise right before the shooting.

"It was only a few weeks ago when a female NYPD cop and mother of twins was executed in her vehicle in a very similar scenario", Mr Bruno said.

The Minneapolis Police Department has placed the two officers on standard administrative leave.

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Harteau addressed doubts that Noor was not prepared to be a police officer, saying the Somali-American "absolutely" performed well during training.

It is not clear when Noor came to the United States, but in 2011 he earned a degree in business administration, management and economics from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, according to a spokeswoman for the school.

So far, little information has been released by the local police department about the shooting, and the matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The officer who shot Damond, Mohammed Noor, has refused to speak with investigators.

"That's not how we train", Harteau said of Noor shooting from inside the auto. It is very clear in the policy when they should be on. The city had required all uniformed officers to wear cameras on their bodies by past year, amid outrage over the 2015 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man.

"There's been a lot of discussion about body cameras".

All Minneapolis police have worn body cameras for the past eight months and are expected to switch them on whenever they're responding to an active situation.

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