Why Did Minneapolis Cops Who Fatally Shot Meditation Teacher Turn Off Body Cams?

"I share the same questions other people have," said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Justine Damond, an Australian teacher of meditation of spiritual healing, was fatally shot by police officers over the weekend. Now, residents and law enforcement officials are demanding answers from the cops who killed her, according to CBS News.

"I mean ask anybody here, they're shocked," said a student of Damond's, Corey Birkholz, who was amongst the 200 who gathered at a vigil to commemorate their teacher. "It doesn't seem like she'd be the kind of person to get shot in an alley."

Questions remain about the circumstances that lead to Damond's death, especially because the officers who shot her had their body cams turned off at the time. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that police were called about a possible assault at around 11:30pm. A Minneapolis officer ultimately fired his weapon, killing Damond. Few other details on the situation were officially reported by law enforcement.

A man claiming to be Damond's son said the call was made about noises he heard in an alley near their home. 

"I share the same questions other people have about why we don't have body camera footage of it, and I hope to get answers to that in the days coming," said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges at a news conference on the incident.

Investigators are now scrambling to figure out if any video of the situation exists. Both officers who were involved with the death have been placed on paid administrative leave.

A CNN report indicated that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy on the victim.

[Photo: Screnshot via CBS]

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