SYDNEY — An Australian woman was captured and killed by a police officer at Minneapolis on Saturday night at an incident the city’s mayor has called awful and upsetting.
Authorities in both the USA and Australia haven’t identified the woman, but Australian press reports have called her as 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk, also known as Justine Damond.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner affirmed the departure of a Justine Ruszczyk, but could not release the root cause of her death.
A guy who identified himself as her upcoming son-in-law, Zach Damond, stated in a video submitted to Facebook that the woman was murdered after calling 911 to record a sound in the alley behind her dwelling. Damond’s father, Don, was engaged to be wed to the sufferer, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Fundamentally my mother’s dead as a police officer shot for reasons I don’t understand,” he explained in thevideo, submitted to the Facebook page for Women’s March Minnesota. “I need answers. If anybody can help, simply call police and need answers. I’m so done with this violence.”
The shooting has raised concerns following the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension stated body cameras worn out by the officers included were “not flipped in the time along with the group camera didn’t capture the incident.” The bureau said it was looking to see if any other video was obtained.
Because 2016, Minneapolis has necessary all officers to wear and activate their body cameras “at times when they can reasonably expect that they may become involved with a situation for which stimulation is suitable,” prior to any contact with a citizen.
Both of those police officers involved with the shooting are on paid administrative leave, the Star Tribune reports.
Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis , said she “intend[ed] to find out more” and that she was “heartsick and profoundly disturbed by what occurred.”
“There are still many questions about what occurred, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to discharge as much information, as fast as they are ready to,” Hodges said in a statement. “My thoughts are now with everyone affected by this tragic incident, especially the deceased woman and her loved ones.”
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that a citizen of this nation was murdered, but failed to identify her before her family was informed, according to a statement obtained by HuffPost Australia. The bureau stated it would be providing consular help for her loved ones.
Vigils are held around the house of the victim, at times drawing upwards of 200 people, journalists in the scene reported.