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Vigil held for woman murdered by Minneapolis police

By Loretta VanPelt

Minneapolis, MN – Over 150 people gathered in Minneapolis’ Fulton neighborhood, July 16, to remember Justine Damond, who was murdered by Minneapolis police Saturday night. Neighbors remember the woman as a good neighbor and as a spiritual teacher. Damond came to the U.S. from Australia a few years ago.

According to neighbors, Damond called police to report a disturbance in her alley. When she went to meet police, she was shot by a cop. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has started an investigation and they say that the officers’ body cameras were not on at the time of the shooting. At the vigil, Michelle Gross, organizer with Communities United Against Police Brutality, stated that police are only loading five to six hours of body cam footage per month.

According to the Star Tribune newspaper, body cams were required for Minneapolis police officers after the murder of Philando Castile. The Minneapolis police department and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are not releasing any more information, and are not even informing the family of what happened to Justine Damond.

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