Woman Who Called 911 Killed by Police in Minneapolis, Body Cams Turned Off

He left the scene at noon Sunday to go to the airport to pick up his father, who had been on a business trip.

From her home in the middle of the block, Justine Damond would have had to walk a little more than 100 yards to get to the end of the alley.

There are three lights mounted on telephone poles along that route plus nine motion-detector lights on garages, and neighbors said the alley is well-lit at night.

A woman named Hannah, who came to the scene with Zach Damond and is a close family friend, said Justine was a “spiritual healer.” Hannah, 21, did not want her last name used for safety reasons.

“I don’t know what she was doing out,” Hannah said. “She’s such a kind woman. She took me in when I was in a tough situation and helped me with whatever I needed.
A photo of Justine Damond from her web site. The Sydney, Australia, native lived with her fiance in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.
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A photo of Justine Damond from her web site. The Sydney, Australia, native lived with her fiance in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.

“They were just so in love,” Hannah said of Justine and Don Damond. “I’m just kind of in disbelief.”

At a community vigil in the neighborhood on Sunday night, about 50 friends and neighbors held hands in a semicircle around the spot where Damond fell, while another 200 or more people watched from the sidewalk and the street. Some sobbed.

“This woman was a beautiful light,” said Bethany Bradley of Women’s March Minnesota, who had been at the scene since Sunday morning. “She was loved. She should still be here.

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  • Matt Begley

    It sounds like this could possibly bean an accidental shooting. Not enough info yet.

    • Bill the eighth

      Accidental? What? You claim the cop in the passenger seat always has his gun pointed at his partner? WTF dude?

  • Cromwell

    On an active call and no cameras. You know if cops EVER had to explain things this one would be kind of interesting. I’m sure they have already somehow been cleared but will receive a nice long fully paid vacay as they pretend they are doing a “full transparent and impartial investigation”.

  • michael92064

    Wow!……they won’t release the cops’ statements until they are sure there is no surveillance or cell phone video.

  • crazytrain2

    The body cameras were not on. Half a sentence later. The body cameras were not on.

    Yeah, we get it, the body cameras were not turned on. Probably because they had not even gotten out of the car yet to turn the cameras on. I have no idea why this woman was shot, and I doubt there is any information that will come out that will make this justified. I wonder if there is any footage from the body cameras?