Officer’s Body Cams Were Not Recording Video During The Shooting Of Justine Damond

Two Minneapolis Police Officer’s body cameras were said to be turned off when Officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed Justine Damond

  • Damond called 911 after she heard an assault in an alley near her home

  • It is reported Damond was talking on the driver’s side of the squad car when Noor shot her from the passenger seat

  • The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has confirmed that two body cams were not on at the time of the shooting and neither was the dash cam

  • Audio from police radio shows bits and pieces of the events that transpired during the shooting

Another unwarranted police shooting is making international headlines after Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed unarmed Australian native Justine Damond.

Just before 11:30 pm on Saturday, Damond called 911 after she heard what she believed to be an assault occurring close to her home between Washburn and Xerxes avenues S., in the Fulton neighborhood.

Unarmed, and dressed in her pajamas, Damond went to the driver’s side door of the responding squad car and was talking to the officers according to sources with “direct knowledge of the case.”

Damond Died In An Alley Near Her House

Moments later, Officer Noor reached across the driver, 25-year-old Officer Matthew Harrity, and proceeded to shoot and kill Damond. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said that Damond died in an alley near her house.

Both officers were wearing body cams, but they were both reported to be turned off. Chief Janeé Harteau did not go into any further detail as to explain why both body cams were off at the time of the shooting. Harteau called on the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to conduct a “speedy investigation.”

Minnesota Police Clips

The BCA confirmed on Sunday that neither the body cams or the dash cams had recorded the shooting. The events of the shooting were caught in fragments on police radio, which was published by Minnesota PoliceClips. The audio can be heard below.

Harteau was out of state for “personal commitments” at the time of the shooting but was receiving regular briefings and preparing to return soon, according to a police spokesperson. Harteau released the following statement.

I have many of the same questions, and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.

Officer Mohamed Noor

Noor was identified as the officer responsible for the shooting on Monday. It is reported that Noor joined the department in March of 2015, and was one of the first Somali-American officers to join the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct team.

Noor has retained Attorney Thomas Plunkett, who released the following statement on Monday.

Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers. He came to the US at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because for him being a police officer is a calling. He entered the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathized with the loss others are experiencing. The current environment for police is difficult but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more and will in the future. At this time however, there are several investigations that are ongoing. More importantly Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy of the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.

Due to a lack of transparency, accountability, and prosecution in police shootings around the country, it is disheartening for many to hear common issues arise so soon that are often seen during these situations, such as the lack of video footage, despite there being two body cams and a dash cam on the scene.

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