After calling 911 to report a potential sexual assault, well-known holistic doctor and former veterinarian Justine Damond was shot and killed by the very individuals she thought might improve the situation. Reportedly, Damond was on the phone speaking to officer Matthew Harrity, describing noises that caused her to believe someone nearby was being raped. In her pajamas and holding only a mobile phone, she was then shot by Officer Mohamed Noor through the driver-side window of the cop car and was hit in the abdomen. For an unknown reason, the officers chose not to activate their body cameras before the shooting. The dash cam did not record any footage, either.
Witnesses relay that Damond was wearing pajamas and speaking on the phone when she was shot. A source told KARE11 that Harrity was “stunned” by Noor’s decision to open fire. The Free Thought Project reveals, as well, that Noor has a history of complaints against him.
The failure to activate the body cams is not only suspicious, it is against the law. In 2016, Minneapolis required all officers to wear and activate body cameras “at all times when they could reasonably anticipate that they may become involved in a situation for which activation is appropriate,” reports The Huffington Post.
Only recently did the tight-lipped police station release the audio between the officers and dispatch the night of Damond’s death. In the recording (below), one officer can be heard stating, “female screaming behind a building” after the shots were fired. Another officer can then be heard calmly telling dispatch: “Shots fired … we have one down.” As Damond bled out in one of the safest neighborhoods in town, the conversation continued.
After the tragedy, Damond’s fiance, Don Damond, told the press: “We lost the dearest of people and are desperate for information. Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would provide small comfort as we grieve this tragedy.”
It is not yet known what action will be taken to reprimand Noor for open-firing on and killing a civilian. According to the officer’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, Noor takes situations such as these “very seriously.” Plunkett added: “He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves, and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.” Though an investigation is presently being conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Noor has refused to be interviewed — something he is legally entitled to do, reports The Star Tribune.
Whether Damond died as part of a larger conspiracy (read more here) or was killed due to negligence, it doesn’t make the tragedy any easier to comprehend. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!