Justine Damond Shooting: Philando Castile Family Lawyer on Case

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The police officer who killed an Australian woman who approached his auto in her pyjamas has explained what caused him to shoot.

Though she defended Noor's training, Harteau says the shooting "did not have to happen" and that his actions "go against who we are in the department".

The revelation of a second 911 call came in the city's release of transcripts of Damond's emergency calls, as well as a handful of other initial reports. Brandt Williams from Minnesota Public Radio has the latest.

The Minneapolis police chief has said the shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond "shouldn't have happened" and that it was the result of the actions and the flawed judgement of one officer.

'I am confident I speak for everyone when I say it's unacceptable that we don't have this tool available to us in this case, ' she said. "And it sounds distressed".

Her death sparked anger and a call for answers in the USA and Australia.

Her words come just hours after it was confirmed that the Damond family has hired lawyer Bob Bennett. "Based on the publicly released information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension], this should not have happened", Reuters cited Harteau as saying. And everyone shares the same questions.

Noor has yet to give a statement on the fatal shooting, and his lawyer has not indicated that he will give a statement.

While the shooting and any possible misconduct are still under investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Harteau repeated several times at a news conference that the death was unnecessary and that the officers involved should have turned on their body cameras. Noor had his gun on his lap, the station said.


Chief Harteau said she hoped Officer Noor would share his version of events with investigators.

"It is my belief that the body cameras should have been activated".

The 40-year-old Damond was killed Saturday by Officer Mohamed Noor.

Along with Damond's friends and neighbor, the March for Healing and Justice was joined by local faith leaders, a contingent from Women's March MN and members from the Twin Cities chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In an interview with Australia's Channel Nine, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today expressed shock. "... As a white woman, I have never had to worry about my own safety when calling the police, but I know that is a luxury people in this city don't have. It is not about race or ethnicity", she said, referring to former U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann's comments that his hire was due to affirmative action. "I can't conceive the circumstances where they wouldn't", he said.

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.

"What I've assured the family is justice", she said. "We have a very robust training and hiring process". Speakers at the rally said they were all there to demand accountability and justice, not only for Damond, but also to address a more systemic problem. The police chief has asked that the review be expedited, but much of the information needed is in the hands of state investigators.

Demonstrators paused outside Damond's home, where Castile hugged Damond's fiance, Don Damond.

As well as Castile in 2016, Jamar Clark was shot by police in 2015, also in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.

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