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In comparison, Ms Damond was the 541st victim of a police shooting in the United States in 2017 alone, according to the Washington Post.

I wonder how it is that people who have called 911 get shot by the responding police officers. She was in her pyjamas, unarmed and talking to the two police in their auto when the fatal shot was sacked. As they drove down the alley in their police vehicle, Harrity heard a loud sound that startled him, the officer told Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Noor, sitting in the passenger seat, fired his gun at Ruszczyk through the driver's side window. Bennett most recently helped the Castile family reach a almost $3 million settlement in the Twin Cities suburb of St. Anthony after a police officer killed Castile in July 2016.

Harteau said his training and qualifications fulfilled the expectations of a Minneapolis police officer.

Neither cops had their department-mandated body cameras on during the shooting. The lack of information has left the public - including Mayor Betsy Hodges - in the dark about what occurred.

Though she defended Noor's training, Harteau says the shooting "did not have to happen" and that his actions "go against who we are in the department". Justine Ruszczyk, also known by her fiance's last name, Damond, was shot as she approached the officer's vehicle.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined her family in demanding answers over the "shocking killing".

Valerie Castile and Don Damond embraced each other minutes before the "Justice for Justine" rally in suburban Minneapolis.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW radio on July 20: "What a bad tragedy. the whole incident is completely inexplicable".

"It is inexplicable", he said.

But the shooting of a local woman as she sought assistance in her pyjamas brings home an extra emotional reality, according to Dr David Smith, a USA studies expert at the University of Sydney. "Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves".

Family and friends of Justine Damond have gathered on a Sydney beach to pay silent tribute to the Australian shot dead by Minneapolis police. People held signs that said "Justice for Justine".

Ms Damond's family have hired one of Minnesota's top trial lawyers, Robert Bennett, who says claims the policeman felt he was being ambushed were ludicrous.

Noor, a Somali-American, has refused to be interviewed by investigators.

"I will do everything in my power to make sure due process is followed and justice is served", she said.

While the US Government only recently began tracking officer-involved incidents, 1,093 were killed by police in the US a year ago according to a database compiled by the Guardian. Investigators are now searching for the only potential witnesses to the incident, a young male cyclist that Harrity says stopped to watch officers give first aid to Damond.

There are three investigations, one conducted by the BCA which takes precedence, a police department use of force review, and a civilian oversight civil rights probe that has not yet begun. The case has been headline news in Damond's homeland.

What do you think of Justine Damond's case?

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