A Minneapolis yoga teacher who called police Saturday night to report a disturbance near her house was fatally shot by an officer who, according to eyewitness reports, didn't even get out of the vehicle.
The death comes amidst heightened tensions over police shootings in Minnesota following the recent high-profile acquittal of the police officer who fatally shot black man Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The City will continue to provide updated information on this incident, and the BCA's investigation, as soon as we have it.
During a news conference on Sunday, an MPD assistant chief referred questions about why the officers' body cameras weren't on to the bureau investigating the shooting, while Mayor Betsy Hodgessaid she's "deeply disturbed by the whole incident".
"If you could just see her, she was adorable with this incredible smile", said Coune.
"The officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident", the statement added.
On Sunday, vigils took place around the home of the victim, at times drawing upwards of 200 people, journalists at the scene reported. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver's side door, sources said. I want to know more.
"America sucks, these cops need to get trained differently ..."
In footage of a statement given to media in Sydney, family friend Julie Reed said the couple had been due to marry. Police say they were responding to an emergency call about a possible assault in an alley behind the home.
Friend Julie Reed remembered Damond, who used her fiance's last name ahead of their nuptials next month, for all the "joy she brought to our lives".
"She was committed to love and the relationship that was there for her. She should still be here", she said. There are so many people that would talk about her in the same way.
"I think it's a systemic thing", she said.
The woman's family in Australia released a statement through the country's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying it's a "very hard time", according to NBC News.
Tributes from local community groups have also started flowing in.
Leslie Redmond, the vice-president for the Minneapolis NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), has called for a federal investigation into the latest shooting.