Justine Damond 'didn't have to die', says Minneapolis police chief

Justine Damond 'didn't have to die', says Minneapolis police chief

Harrity's attorney Fed Bruno said Thursday the officers had a "reasonable" fear they were being targeted for an ambush as they drove into the dark alley behind Damond's home, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The death of Justine should not have happened".

Her heartbroken partner spoke out about her shock death, saying that both he and his son are "devastated" by their loss.

"We are also having lots of discussion about how we can start to make some bigger changes on policing in this city", she said.

Ruszczyk, 40, was originally from Australia but moved to the United States in 2014.

"We have put too much time, money, and effort into them to have them fail us when we needed them most", she wrote.

The killing not only reignited anger in the local community in the following days, but also attracted condemnation from overseas, notably from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who described the killing as "inexplicable".

Scores marched from the site where a woman was fatally shot by police to a park near Lake Harriet on Thursday, demanding justice for the woman and victims of other police shootings. We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death.

Below is the full transcript of Ruszczyk's two conversations with police.

"I think she just yelled out "help", but it's hard the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don't think she's enjoying it".

"I think she just yelled out "help", but it's hard".

Don Damond had earlier criticised police for lack of transparency in their investigation into why his bride-to-be was shot.

The police chief was told by Damond's fiance that people are scared to call 911 following the deadly incident, CBS News' Jamie Yuccas reports.

The killing of Damond has once again dredged up resentment toward a police department that has been embroiled in controversy in recent years over the actions of its officers. When Damond approached the police auto on the side of the driver, Noor shot her from the passenger's seat. She said it remained unanswered why Noor pulled out his gun and fired as well as why neither officer turned on their body cameras.

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Dispatch audio from the officers captured the anxiety as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

However, Ms Harteau said the shooting was "one individual's actions" and didn't represent the attitude and culture of the city's law enforcement. "Help us to bear together in community our grief that looks like everything from tears to rage, all of which are holy". "We've got one down".

"A lot of people are holding the Somali community accountable", said Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis.

An officer tells other units they are in the entrance of an alleyway between houses. "There are no suspects at large", he says. The operator assures her officers are on their way.

"Where is EMS on this?" he says. Brandt Williams from Minnesota Public Radio has the latest.

Minnesota created a $12 million police training fund after the shootings of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed a year ago in suburban Minneapolis, and Jamar Clark, a black man killed in 2015 in Minneapolis.

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

Noor has refused to speak to investigators from the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and he can't be compelled to.

"She obviously was not armed, she was not a threat to anyone nor could she have reasonably been perceived to be", attorney Bob Bennett said Wednesday in an interview with the local CBS TV station in Minneapolis.

The officers' body-worn cameras were not on during the incident, and investigators appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Chief Harteau said it is her belief "the body cams should've been activated". The squad auto dash camera was also not turned on.

In police radio recordings, the officers can be heard calling for backup and attempting to perform CPR on Ms Damond, who had been due to marry next month.

The BCA has declined to provide any additional information into the investigation.