Acting chief of police tightens body-cam policy
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.