Family Asks: Why Did Minneapolis Police Kill Australian 911 Caller?

Relatives, friends and activists critical of the police said that at the least, the city should release a recording of the 911 call and explain why the two officers had their body cameras turned off. The death of Ms. Damond occurred a little over a year after an officer in a Twin Cities suburb fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop, an episode that heightened scrutiny of law enforcement in the region.


Ms. Damond, 40, was an immigrant from Australia who described herself as a spiritual healer.

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“There’s a sense of, ‘Here we go again in the Twin Cities,’ ” said Sarah Thompson, who lived across the street from Ms. Damond, befriended her at block parties and described her as “so friendly and open.”

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting the investigation, and both the mayor and the police chief of Minneapolis released statements saying that they, too, wanted more information, but that the matter was out of their hands. The bureau has released few details, and it declined to answer questions. In a statement on Monday, the bureau said it would provide more details “once initial interviews with the officers are complete.”

A City Council newsletter from last year said that Officer Noor joined the police force in 2015, completed his training in 2016 and became the first Somali-American officer assigned to the precinct covering southwestern Minneapolis. The newsletter said he had worked in property management and held a degree in economics and business administration from Augsburg College.

Ms. Damond, formerly Justine Ruszczyk, lived most of her life in the Sydney area, where she became a veterinarian, according to her website and family friends.

She later sought to combine Western medicine with holistic healing and traditional practices from around the…

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