By: Zack Duvall
Minneapolis Mayor, Betsy Hodges, called a press conference Sunday night to demand answers in the investigation into the officer involved shooting death of 40-year old Australian citizen, Justine Damond.
Damond had called 911 late Saturday night to report a possible disturbance outside of her home and was shot by officers as they responded to the scene, The Minneapolis Tribune reported citing various “anonymous” witnesses.
According to officials with the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the city mandated body cameras, required to be worn by officers, did not capture the incident, nor did any of the dashboard cameras in responding police vehicles. A fact that Hodges slammed city police officials over during her Sunday evening press conference.
“I have a lot of questions- questions like why the body cameras weren’t on.” Hodges told reporters. She went on to say that she was “deeply disturbed” over the handling of the situation and the possible ethics implications such a shooting could shed light on. She also vowed answers for the Damond family. Answers that Zach Damond, Justine’s stepson, said he doesn’t have.
“Basically, my mom’s dead because police officers shot her for the reasons I don’t know. I demand answers.” He said of the tragedy.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident is being conducted by multiple state and city agencies.