Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has condemned the actions of rookie police officer Mohamed Noor after he shot and killed innocent Australian woman Justine Damon last week.
Voicing her opinion on the issue via a scathing blog post, Hodges wrote that she believes the incident never would’ve occurred had Noor been wearing a body cam.
“The fatal shooting of Justine Damon should not have happened,” wrote Hodges in her statement. “The fact we don’t have body camera footage of the shooting could be the result of one or more of the following: a gap in our body cams policy, a gap in training, a violation of our policy, or some combination of these things. I am confident I speak for everyone when I say its unacceptable that we don’t have this tool available to us in this case.”
Hodges comments follow from a disastrous incident that occurred last Saturday night after Damon called police to her home with reports of sexual assault. When she came out of the dark around her home to greet the officers, she apparently startled Noor, who reached over his partner, Matthew Harrity, sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle and shot Damon.
A rookie on the force, Noor has claimed via his lawyer that he believed he was being ambushed. His lawyer has also called for an independent autopsy to determine if Damon had the sleeping aid Ambien in her system when she was shot. The case is set to drag out, as Noor has yet to fully comply with investigations.
The 40-year-old Damon was set to get married in the coming months. Her family is launching a civil suit against the City of Minneapolis. They have taken some solace in comforts offered by the family of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year.
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