Stepson of woman shot by Minneapolis police has message for officer

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According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 40-year-old Justine Damond, an Australian living in Minneapolis with her fiancé, was killed Saturday night by an officer responding to her call.

Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad vehicle, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. The woman, wearing pajamas, approached the driver's side door and was talking to the driver, reported the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis police shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a suspicious noise in the alley behind her home.

The tragedy unraveled shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday local time (12:30 a.m. Sunday ET), when two police officers responded to call about a disturbance in southwest Minneapolis, officials said.

"I am heartsick and deeply disturbed", Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a Sunday news conference.

Investigators said the officers involved had body cameras, but they weren't turned on.

The shooting of an Australian woman by U.S. police has raised serious concerns after it was revealed the officers didn't have their body cameras turned on.

Julie Reed, Damond's neighbor in Australia who knew her for 32 years, read out a statement on behalf of her family.

Justine Damond, left, pictured with her fiance Don and Don's son Zach.

"A woman should not call for help and end up murdered", she said.


"My mum was shot for reasons I don't know", Zach Damond said in a video posted on Facebook. "I hope that he wakes up every single day and thinks about it, and then I hope that he thinks about how he can be a better person because that's what she did every single day". According to her website, she offered yoga and meditation classes in the Minneapolis area as well as personal development and life coaching services.

Damond conducted workshops at the Lake Harried Spiritual Community which confirmed her death in a Facebook post. Her maiden name was Ruszczyk but she went by Damond.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner told HuffPost the agency could confirm the death of a Justine Ruszczyk, but could not release the cause of her death.

Another woman in the video, Bethany Bradley with Women's March Minnesota, said police were not being transparent or sharing information with the family. It was attempting to determine whether any video of the shooting exists.

His feelings were shared by more than 200 people who gathered for a vigil Sunday near the spot where Damond died hours earlier.

"We have few facts at this point", she said.

The Australian Department of Foriegn Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance.

"I'm so done with all this violence, it's so much bulls-t".

Hannah said the woman worked as "a spiritual healer" and that "she was the most loving woman" who "kind of flowed through the house so lightly".

"She and Don were just so in love", the friend said.

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