Women's Rights Advocates Question Police Response to Damond's 911 Calls

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An Australian woman who heard what she thought was a sexual assault behind her home called 911 not once but twice before she was fatally shot, concerned that officers had the wrong address when no one immediately responded.

Minneapolis locals chanted "No justice, no peace, prosecute the police", and marched in the street outside her home on Thursday evening according to the Star Tribune.

She addressed the anger over Ms Damond's death, telling reporters: "On our squad cars you will find the words, "To protect with courage and serve with compassion". This did not happen".

"I spoke to Justine's fiance this morning and I told him I was sorry for his loss and that this did not have to happen".

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office says Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

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

Harrity told the BCA, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the Minneapolis Police Department, that he and Noor heard a "loud noise" before Noor fired a bullet as he sat in the passenger seat of the squad vehicle. Ruszczyk had called 911 about a possible assault near her house prior to the shooting. He was one of only about 20 Somali police officers in Minnesota.

"Now we know any of our children can get struck down", said Sharon Sebring, the mother of Justine's fiancé, Don Damond.

"All we want to do is bring Justine home to Australia to farewell her in her hometown among family and friends", the newspaper on Thursday quoted the family as saying in a statement.

Noor's partner, Matthew Harrity, told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near their squad vehicle right before Damond approached the auto on his side. However, a lawyer for Damond's family, Bob Bennet, called the claims "ludicrous" and said she was in her pyjamas when she approached the police auto and "was not a threat to anyone".

Palestinians boycott Israeli measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Conflicts over the walled holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. According to Palestinian eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers responded with a barrage of bullets, killing the driver.

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

All wanted answers from the officer involved and Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau, but none were forthcoming.

Noor is now on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate why he shot 40-year-old Justine Damond, a meditation teacher. She based her analysis on information released by the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Joe Friedberg, a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, said the police department can force Noor to give a statement, and fire him if he doesn't, but added that the statement could not be used against Noor during a criminal investigation.

"Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window", the agency said. Arradondo said the department is just eight months into a department-wide rollout, and the review includes focusing on how often officers activate them.

"We have a very robust field training officer programme".

Dayton said it's time for the state to take a closer look at its police body camera rules.

"It's not their community or our community, it's everybody's community and we are all one community and we all have to fight for justice", said Jeannine Myrvik, who lives in south Minneapolis.

"It's frustrating to have some of the picture but not all of it", she said.

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