Minneapolis police officers tasked with watching two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Ruszczyk Damond offered them unsolicited advice to keep quiet, contacted union officials and turn off a squad camera before the police shooter was seated inside the vehicle, according to evidence presented in court Thursday US time.
The fiancé of Justine Ruszczyk cradled his head in his hands as body-camera footage of attempts to save the Sydney woman was played at the trial of the officer who shot her.
Don Damond declined to watch the chaotic video of the unsuccessful efforts to save his bride-to-be, who was shot minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.
The video was shown on the third day of the criminal trial against officer Somaili born Mohamed Noor.
Testimony and body camera videos played in the murder trial court yesterday of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor showed a chaotic scene where many first responders police were not informed that Justine Damond had been killed by officer Mohamed Noor, even as they tried to investigate her death. The head of Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide unit arrived at the location and found himself confused by the sight of a barefoot woman lying under a white sheet with no weapons nearby.
“I didn’t see anything, and my first thought, frankly, was, ‘What the [expletive]? Why isn’t there something here?’ ” homicide Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified. “You’re looking for things that add up.”
Noor fatally shot Australia Justine Damond from inside his squad car on July 15, 2017, while he and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home.