Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Australian Woman Gunned Down By US Police

Australian Woman Gunned Down By US Police

Damond was originally from Sydney, Australia, but lived with her fiancé in Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. Neighbors gathered outside Damond's house told local news outlets they were "shocked" by the event, with some linking the incident to other officer-involved shooting in Minnesota in recent years.

Last year, the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) implemented a body camera policy requiring officers to activate cameras in when responding to calls like Damond's.

King called Damond "infectious and loving".

Community anger over the shooting is growing, as family, friends and local activists accuse police of a lack of transparency over what happened.

They struggle to comprehend how Damond became a victim in America's ongoing and controversial police shootings.

"She was a very passionate woman, and she probably - she thought something bad is happening", the 22-year-old said.

The Sydney Morning Herald said that she was engaged to be married to Don Damond, a businessman, in August.

He said she called the police when she heard a sound in the alley. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said an officer "at one point" fired a weapon, "fatally striking a woman".

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement Sunday that there would be an investigation into Justine Damond's death.

Questions outnumber answers in Minneapolis Sunday night.

KSTP requested Minneapolis police data that shows how often officers are turning on their body cameras.

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Investigators said the squad auto video was on but didn't capture what happened at the scene.

Nancy Coune and Cindi Claypatch said they knew her well from their involvement at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center in South Minneapolis.

The pair were due to marry next month. "Thank you", the family said in the statement.

"This is a very hard time for the Ruszczyk family", the statement read.

"We are so sad to report the tragic shooting of Justine Damond", the community's post said.

She said "We all want to know more". I'm just done, f*** the police.

"She was committed to love and the relationship that was there for her".

While she graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a bachelor of veterinary science, Damond developed a lasting passion for neuroscience. One officer shot and killed the woman. "She should still be here", she said. She was loved. And she should be alive. "It didn't take long for him to propose and for them to get their life started together".

Don returned from a business trip in the wake of the fatal shooting.

Minneapolis police officers began wearing body cameras last summer and are now required to use them when responding to "critical incidents".

"This should not have happened... that could've been me, that could've been you, that could've been you, that could've been any of us". "I know that body camera footage has already been useful to this department in myriad ways, and will be again in the future".

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