Australia de­mands an­swers over killing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

CAN­BERRA, Australia — Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull has on Wed­nes­day con­firmed his gov­ern­ment will be de­mand­ing an­swers from US au­thor­i­ties about the killing of an Aus­tralian woman by po­lice in Min­neapo­lis at the week­end.

On Satur­day night, Jus­tine Da­mond, 40, was shot and killed by Min­neapo­lis po­lice of­fi­cer Mo­hamed Noor after she called 911 for as­sis­tance in re­la­tion to a sus­pected as­sault near her home.

She was un­armed and ap­proached the po­lice ve­hi­cle in her pa­ja­mas. The of­fi­cers did not turn on their body cam­eras un­til after the shoot­ing, and the squad car cam­era was also not ac­ti­vated.

Da­mond’s death sparked anger and a de­mand for an­swers both in the city and in her home coun­try, where the shoot­ing has been front-page news for days.

On Wed­nes­day, speak­ing on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, Turn­bull said the gov­ern­ment would pur­sue an­swers after some­thing “clearly” went “trag­i­cally wrong”.

“We are seek­ing an­swers to this, this is a shock­ing killing. It’s in­ex­pli­ca­ble and out hearts go out to her fam­ily,” Turn­bull told the Nine Net­work.

“How can a woman out in the street in her pa­ja­mas seek­ing as­sis­tance from the po­lice be shot like that? It is a shock­ing killing and yes, we are de­mand­ing an­swers on be­half of her fam­ily. It’s a truly tragic killing in Min­neapo­lis.”

Turn­bull’s de­mands come after it was re­vealed that the of­fi­cer who shot Da­mond had only been with the lo­cal po­lice force for two years, and had pre­vi­ously re­ceived com­plaints about his ser­vice.

Also on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, around 300 of Da­mond’s friends and fam­ily mem­bers at­tended a silent vigil at Fresh­wa­ter Beach in Syd­ney.

Mean­while on Tues­day, Da­mond’s fi­ance Don said that her fam­ily have been given “al­most no ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing what hap­pened” after po­lice ar­rived.

“We’ve lost the dear­est of peo­ple and we’re des­per­ate for in­for­ma­tion,” he said in Min­neapo­lis.

DEAN LEWINS / AAP VIA REUTERS

Rel­a­tives and friends of Jus­tine Da­mond, who was shot by a US po­lice of­fi­cer over the week­end, hold a vigil in Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day.

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