Min­neapo­lis boosts body-cam­era use

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Min­neapo­lis po­lice of­fi­cers will be re­quired to have their body cam­eras on when they re­spond to calls and make traf­fic stops, the act­ing po­lice chief an­nounced Wed­nes­day, af­ter wide­spread crit­i­cism that two of­fi­cers in­volved in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a 911 caller had not ac­ti­vated their cam­eras.

The stricter re­quire­ments will take ef­fect Satur­day, Act­ing Po­lice Chief Medaria Ar­radondo said at a news con­fer­ence.

“Many of our of­fi­cers are us­ing their cam­eras a lot, and as they’re in­tended to be used,” he said. “But there are some of­fi­cers, quite frankly, that are not us­ing them nearly enough.”

Jus­tine Da­mond, a 40-yearold spir­i­tual teacher and brideto-be from Aus­tralia, was shot by of­fi­cer Mo­hamed Noor af­ter she called 911 on July 15 to re­port hear­ing a pos­si­ble sex­ual as­sault be­hind her Min­neapo­lis home. Noor’s part­ner, of­fi­cer Matthew Har­rity, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was star­tled by a loud noise right be­fore Da­mond ap­proached their po­lice SUV. Noor, who was in the pas­sen­ger seat, shot Da­mond through the driver-side win­dow.

Mayor Betsy Hodges ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at the news con­fer­ence that de­spite all the time, money and en­ergy the city has put into de­ploy­ing body cam­eras, “we did not have body cam­era footage in an in­ci­dent where it mat­tered a great deal.”

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