Act­ing chief of po­lice tight­ens body-cam pol­icy

The Denver Post - - OPINION - By Steve Karnowski

MIN­NEAPO­LIS» The city’s po­lice of­fi­cers will be re­quired to have body cam­eras on when they re­spond to calls and make traf­fic stops, the act­ing po­lice chief an­nounced Wed­nes­day, fol­low­ing 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. Of­fi­cers who vi­o­late them could face dis­ci­pline rang­ing from one-day sus­pen­sions to fir­ing, he said.

“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 40year-old spir­i­tual teacher and bride-to-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.

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