Attorney says Minneapolis officers' fear of ambush prior to fatal shooting 'reasonable'

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The family of the unarmed Australian woman fatally shot by police in Minnesota plans to repatriate her body.

Justine Damond, 40, had called police to report a possible sexual assault in her neighbourhood just before midnight on Saturday. She added: "But I assure everyone in this community that there wasn't anything that didn't get done".

While the US Government only recently began tracking officer-involved incidents, 1,093 were killed by police in the US previous year according to a database compiled by the Guardian.

On the night of the shooting, officers Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity were driving through an alley searching for a suspect in the reported assault, the bureau said. Immediately afterward, Damond approached the driver's side of the squad vehicle and Noor, who was in the passenger seat, fired his weapon through the open driver's-side window, striking Damond, the agency said. Louis, said police officers can't be compelled to testify in an outside investigation.

Dayton, like other officials, said it bothers him that there is so little information.

Ruszczyk's death has also attracted wide coverage, and her family and friends have been demanding answers, but it could be months before Minnesota authorities finish their investigation.

Mayor Betsy Hodges also wrote in a blog post that based on information that investigators have released publicly, "the fatal shooting of Justine Damond should not have happened".

Justine Damond's death has made Minneapolis residents fear calling police for help, the police chief said.

In Damond's hometown of Sydney, about 300 people attended a silent vigil in her honor Wednesday morning at Freshwater Beach.

Justine Damond 40 was killed on Saturday
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"It is inexplicable", he said.

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols. "Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves". The U. attorney for New Mexico, James D. Tierney, stated in a news release that there was not enough evidence "to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute" a civil rights case. "Justine was a beacon to all of us, we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death". She said she was backpacking in the mountains and the remoteness of her location made it more hard to get back.

Repeating the phrase a few times during a Thursday afternoon news conference, Harteau said the department will take a close look at its body camera policies, and acknowledged that the officers' body cameras should have been on during the shooting.

"I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers", Harteau said. Noor's attorney could not be reached for comment.

We're still waiting for the full story; Officer Noor hasn't talked with BCA investigators and through the 5th Amendment, he doesn't have to.

"Police officers are citizens. they have the same Fifth Amendment right as anyone".

Besides their regular duties, Noor - and the dozen or so other Somali-American police officers in Minneapolis - were meant to be a bridge between the community and the police force.

Earlier on Thursday, an attorney who represented another police shooting victim in Minnesota said Damond's family had hired him.