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Australian killed by police in the U.S.

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:20

Police are investigating the fatal police involved shooting of an Australian woman in Minneapolis who called them for help. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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U.S. police are investigating officers involved in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman who called them for help. The incident happened near an alleyway in the city of Minneapolis on Saturday (July 15) night. Police confirmed they were responding to a 911 call regarding a possible assault, when at some point an officer shot and killed the woman. On Sunday (July 16), hundreds of people gathered near the scene for a vigil for the victim. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, SAYING: "This woman was a beautiful light, she was a healer. She was loved. And she should be alive. She should still be here." They are seeking answers to why she was shot, and why police officers' body cameras were turned off. Mayor Betsy Hodges told reporters she's heartsick over the news (SOUNDBITE) (English) BETSY HODGES, MAYOR OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA SAYING: "I have a lot of questions about why the body cameras weren't on. Questions that I hope and anticipate will be answered in the next few days, and I share those questions with the community." Investigators are looking for surveillance video, since neither the police body cameras nor the dashcam captured the shooting. Neighbours say the victim was a "spiritual healer" who led meditation sessions.

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Australian killed by police in the U.S.

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:20