Minneapolis Police Kill Australian Woman in Alley

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A 40-year-old Australian woman who family members said called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home Saturday night was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sources said two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Justine Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door. No weapon was found at the scene.

The shooting was called “tragic” by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by the fatal officer-involved shooting,” said Hodges, who represented the area for eight years as a City Council member. “I have questions about why the [police officers’] bodycams weren’t on,” she said. “Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” said Zach Damond, 22. “I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.” Damond said Justine called police after she “heard a sound in the alley.” There are three lights mounted on telephone poles in the alley plus nine motion-detector lights on garages. Neighbors said the alley is well-lit at night.

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