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Minneapolis shooting victim's fiance says 'desperate for information'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:16

''We've lost the dearest of people and we're desperate for information,'' says Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Ruszczyk who was fatally shot by police over the weekend. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The fiance of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police over the weekend said he and his family are desperate for information about the case. "We've lost the dearest of people and we're desperate for information," Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Ruszczyk, said during a news conference on Monday (July 17). The probe into her shooting turned on Monday to why the officers' body cameras were not on at the time. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and the American Civil Liberties Union called for answers on why responding officers failed to turn on their body cameras when they arrived at the home of Justine Damond in a quiet, upper-middle-class neighbourhood shortly before midnight Saturday. Police shot Damond, originally of Sydney, through the door of their patrol car as she approached them in an alley near her home, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported, citing three unnamed sources. She had called the police to report a strange noise behind her home. "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," Hodges told reporters late Sunday. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau in a statement on Monday called Damond's death "tragic." "I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can," Harteau said. Hundreds took to the streets of Minneapolis Sunday to protest Damond's shooting in a neighbourhood dotted with brick and stucco houses, where violent crimes are relatively rare. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which reviews police-involved shootings in Minneapolis, said the dashboard camera in the officers' patrol car did not capture the shooting. The BCA is currently seeking any civilian video of the incident. The American Civil Liberties Union on Minnesota called for the release of the audio from Damond's 911 call, along with any audio from the officers' dash camera. The group's executive director, Teresa Nelson, said the officers failed to obey department rules by not having their body cameras on. Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, had taken the name of her American fiance, Don. She owned a meditation and life-coaching company, according to her personal website. Media gave her age as 40. Zach Damond, who had begun calling his father's future bride "mom," told the Minneapolis Star Tribune she called the police because of a sound in the alley. "My mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know," the newspaper quoted him as saying. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, the state BCA said. Minneapolis police referred questions about the incident to the BCA.

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Minneapolis shooting victim's fiance says 'desperate for information'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:16