Australian woman shot dead by ‘inexperienced’ American police

The US police officer who shot dead Australian woman Justine Damond in Minneapolis has been identified as having just over two years experience on the force.

The Sydney spiritual healer and meditation coach was killed by police yesterday after calling 911 to report a possible assault.

Officer Mohammed Noor shot Damond multiple times from the passenger seat of his vehicle.


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Neither Noor or his partner had cameras turned on at the time, and their dashboard camera did not capture the incident.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told reporters she has “a lot of questions why the body cameras were not on”.

“I know many of you are frustrated at the pace of information being released around Saturday night’s shooting,” Mayor Hodges wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday.

“I am too.”

Ms Damond’s fiancé told reporters that his heart is broken.

“Sadly, her family and I have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived,” Mr Damond said.

“We have lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information.”

“Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine”.

Her death is being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but not the Minneapolis Police Department.

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