Australian Yoga Instructor Fatally Shot By Police

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Justine Damond who was a yoga and meditation instructor was fatally shot in Minneapolis on Saturday by a police officer.

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Dan Damond’s son, Zach, said In a Facebook live video, My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know and I demand answers.

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Justine Damond, her fiancé, , and his son, Zach.

Authorities said two police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just before 11:30 pm on Saturday night.

“At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” a Minneapolis police press release said.

Police said that neither of the officers’ body cameras were turned on at the time of the shooting. The squad camera also did not capture the incident, police said.

In another Facebook live video, Zach accused the officers of “trying to cover something up,” adding, “This is a mystery.

“I’m so done with all this violence,” he said. “This is so much bullshit. America sucks. The cops need to get trained differently,” he said, adding, “This has to stop.”

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 The officer who fired the weapon was Officer Mohamed Noor. He  joined the Minneapolis Police Department two years ago and was the first Somali-American police officer to be assigned to the 5th precinct.

The Star Tribune reported that Damond called 911 to report a possible assault in her alley and was in her pajamas talking to one of the officers on the driver’s side of the squad car. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, the sources told the Star Tribune. No weapon was found at the scene.

Investigators are trying to determine if any video of the shooting exists. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the shooting and will provide more details once they interview the two officers involved in the incident. Both officers are on standard administrative leave, police said.

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