MINNEAPOLIS Police Chief has said that Justine Damond, the woman slain by a cop after she dialled 911 for help “didn’t have to die.”
Janee Harteau, Minneapolis’ Chief of Police made the statement on Thursday evening, speaking for the first time since Officer Mohamed Noor – originally from Somalia – shot and killed Ms Damond on Saturday night.
“On our squad cars, you will find the words ‘To protect with courage and serve with passion.’ This did not happen,” Harteau said. “I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers.”
She also added these were the actions and judgments of one individual.
“I want to ensure Justine’s family, our community and those in Australia that I will do everything in my power to make sure due process is followed and justice is served,” she said.
“It is my belief the body cameras should have been activated. My expectation is that body camera policy is followed … and those cameras should be on,” Harteau said.
Harteau added Officer Noor completed his police academy training “very well and deserved to be on the street.”
Harteau says she has not had contact with Officer Noor but said she’d prefer he speak with The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about what happened.
“There are questions only he has the answers to,” Harteau said.