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Minneapolis Officer Charged With Murder in Australian Woman's Death

Minneapolis Officer Charged With Murder in Australian Woman's Death

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, while announcing Officer Mohamed Noor had been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Ms Damond's death, offered insight into what he believe happened.

Mohamed Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Damond Ruszczyk, who lived in the city of Minneapolis, after she called police to report a possible sexual assault in her neighbourhood and approached the police auto that had arrived to investigate.

According to the third-degree murder charge, Mr Noor committed an "eminently risky act" while showing a "depraved mind".

The lack of video was widely criticized, and Damond's loved ones and others called for changes in procedure. "It is not a coincidence that charges were brought against a Black officer who is also Muslim and Somali".

The criticism followed comments from the prosecutor, Freeman, who was previously filmed telling a group of activists that he did not have enough evidence to decide on charging Noor.

The incident prompted the resignation of Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau previous year. Of those, only 80 officers were charged with murder and manslaughter and 35 percent of those charged were convicted, Freeman said. "However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for killing the people they are sworn to protect".

January 24, 2018 - Attorneys say Freeman convened a grand jury and subpoenaed other officers to compel them to tell what they know. Harrity said he perceived that his life was in danger and unholstered his gun, holding it to his rib cage, pointing it downward.

Ms Damond's death cost the job of the Minneapolis police chief and forced major revisions to the department's policy on body cameras.

Damond, an Australian vet and yoga instructor living in the United States with fianc├ę Don Damond, was shot dead on the evening of July 15 after reporting a disturbance behind her home. He told investigators Damond approached their squad vehicle from the rear driver's side then saw Officer Noor with his right arm extended. On Tuesday, Harteau posted a statement on Twitter regarding the charges against Noor. This isn't just about getting justice for Justine. "What happened to Justine happened to every last one of us, I don't' care what color you are". "This tragedy was the result of the actions of one officer, of which we still don't know why".

Masterson left work early Tuesday, buying flowers on his way home so he could place them on the memorial for his neighbor Justine Damond.

Still, despite the grand jury's recommendation, the county attorney says the buck stopped with him in this case.

An attorney for a Minneapolis police officer says the officer shouldn't have been charged with a crime in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman.

Noor handed himself in to police on March 20 and was remanded in jail on a bail of $US500,000.

Another member of the city council - Andrea Jenkins - was in attendance, along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer.

Noor is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis.