Cop In Passenger Seat Allegedly Reached Over His Partner To Shoot Unarmed Yoga Teacher

She had called police to report on sounds she heard near her home.

By Gina Tron

The public and experts alike are baffled by the case of an Australian woman was shot dead by police in Minneapolis. The cops had failed to turn on their bodycams during the shooting.

Justine Ruszczyk, 40, who went by the last name Damond, called 911 after hearing noise near her home on Saturday, according to NBC News. She called police to report a possible sexual assault. She was then fatally shot.

NBC affiliate KARE quoted sources who said Mohammed Noor is the officer who shot Damond. Police sources also stated that Noor was in a squad car's passenger seat, and that he aimed across his partner to fire at the woman.

"The policy requires [Minneapolis police officers] to turn the camera on prior to use of force, and it goes on to say if it's not turned on prior to force, it should be activated as soon as it is safe to do so," Teresa Nelson, interim executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota told NBC. "So we have two officers who, after using deadly force — taking someone's life — didn't activate their cameras. ...That's astounding to me."

The Minneapolis Police Department said a [dashcam] video was on, but that it didn't capture the incident. Police have not yet explained what happened.

Damond was a yoga instructor and life coach who lived in United States since 2014. She was planning marry next month.


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