Minneapolis Shooting: Still Awaiting Answers

Minneapolis Shooting: Still Awaiting Answers

By Nicholas Everard

Linkedin: Justine Ruszczyk

On July the 15th, Australian woman Justine Damond was shot and killed by a police officer in the US city of Minneapolis.

In the weeks that followed, speculation and discussion had mounted surrounding her death. From the initial 911 call to now, Ms. Damon’s death has been shrouded by mystery and conspiracy.

However, The Minneapolis Police Department released documents outlining the case this week, and detailing how the night and subsequent events that followed unfolded.

The court documents that were released revealed that an unknown female “slapped” the back of the police car before the gun was triggered.

It also notes that a cartridge shell, a phone and blood from the rear, driver’s-side door of the squad car were all examined to determine exactly what happened.

“Our hearts are broken… we are utterly devastated…”

Like any tragedy, many people have been impacted by Ms. Damon’s death, with family and friends, authorities and politicians alike weighing in on the tragedy.

Ms. Damon’s fiancé, Don Damond, expressed his heartbreak to reporters.

“Our hearts are broken,” he said. “We are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine.”

The police officer who fired the bullet, Mohamed Noor, is yet to release a statement or speak to investigators, however he has requested that a GoFundMe page created for him be taken offline.

Meanwhile Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned from her position last week, following the fallout from the shooting.

Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges said she is waiting for questions to be answered, and wants justice to prevail.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described her death as a “shocking killing” and a “tragic loss”, explaining that the Australian Government is waiting for an explanation.

“We are demanding answers, something went tragically wrong,” he said.

The death of Ms. Damond has devastated the international community. And although the repercussions of the shooting are not yet clear, a thorough investigation is currently underway.

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