Minneapolis police officer charged in fatal shooting of Justine Damond

Minneapolis police officer charged in fatal shooting of Justine Damond

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, his attorney said.

Damond had called 911 minutes before she was shot about a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Noor then shot out the driver's side window of the squad vehicle and hit Damond, who had moved from Australia to the United States to marry her fiance, Freeman said.

Even neighbors who didn't know Justine say they hope her family finds peace, but charges against the officer who shot and killed her somehow consume them. Harrity describes a situation that led both he and Noor to fear for their lives as Damond surprised them by unexpectedly approaching them from the back of the police cruiser.

"Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, in disregard for human life". She and Don Damond were supposed to be married in August. It said Harrity was startled, perceived his life was in danger, pulled his gun and held it to his ribcage pointing downward.

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Harteau's replacement, Medaria Arradondo, quickly announced a policy change requiring officers to turn on their body cameras in responding to any call or traffic stop.

July 20 - Police Chief Janee Harteau makes first remarks on shooting, says it "should not have happened" but defends Noor's training.

On that night, Noor had reported that he and a fellow officer looked into the emergency call, and reported back an all-clear, when they heard a loud noise that startled them, the prosecutor said.

According to reports by CBS News, Noor and two other officers were sued previous year for false imprisonment, assault, battery, and negligence for their alleged conduct during a welfare check. "I ask each of you to learn from the injustice in her death", said Katherine Hamberg, Fulton resident.

The family said in a written statement that they're pleased that Freeman made a decision to bring charges.

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Noor was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter counts.

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll said in a statement on the police union's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, "The Federation isn't privy to the details of the criminal case and can not comment on specifics of the case". He pledged to strengthen efforts to rebuild the trust between the department and the public and pointed to officer de-escalation training and body camera policies as a priority.

The investigation was delayed because investigators were forced to subpoena police officers who were reluctant to testify in the investigation.

September 12 - Authorities announce that the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has handed the case over to Freeman's office. Noor has not talked to anyone about the case except his lawyers, Freeman said.

August 11 - Damond's family holds a public memorial service in Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released a statement regarding the charges, saying while he's hopeful justice will be pursued, this is part of a much bigger issue between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer.

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