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Justine Damond's family questions Minneapolis investigation

Family's concerns come after county attorney said investigators 'haven't done their job.'

By Susan McFarland
Justine Damond's family questions Minneapolis investigation
The family of Justine Damond, who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in July, held a news conference Thursday with concerns the investigation is not being handled properly. Photo courtesy Justine Damond/Facebook

Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The family of a woman shot by a Minneapolis police officer in July is concerned the investigation is not being handled properly.

During a news conference Thursday in Sydney, Australia, John Ruszczyk said his family is "deeply concerned" about the possibility that the initial investigation into his daughter's death "was not done properly or with the greatest sense of integrity or completeness."

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Justine Damond, 40, was shot and killed by the officer after she called police to report a possible assault near her home in one of the city's safest neighborhoods. Police did not have body cameras activated during the call.

Ruszczyk asked Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman "to continue to pursue a rigorous investigation and examination of evidence" and said he expects them to "fill any gaps" in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's work "honestly and fairly but completely."

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Freeman had previously said investigators do not have enough evidence to file criminal charges against Mohamed Noor, the officer who shot Damond. Freeman told activists at a union event that BCA investigators "haven't done their job."

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Damond's death resulted in a policy that requires Minneapolis police officers to turn on their body cameras as soon as they are dispatched to any call.

Officers responded to her home July 15 after she called 911 to report what she believed to be a rape outside her home. The officer heard a "slapping" sound against the police car in the moments before he shot her, a court document indicates.

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A search warrant suggests that Damond, who also used the name Justine Ruszczyk, struck the police car with her hand, then approached the driver's door, where she was shot.

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