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Woman ‘slapped’ police car before Minneapolis officerfatally shot Justine Damond, search warrant says


By Katie Mettler July 26 at 4:46 AM

作者:凯蒂·梅特勒; 7月26日凌晨4:46

A woman “slapped” the back of a police car moments beforeAustralian-born bride-to-be Justine Damond was shot to death by aMinnesota cop, according to a new search warrant.


The warrant, filed by the Minnesota Bureau of CriminalApprehension, which is investigating the fatal shooting, doesn’t explicitly saythat woman was Damond, Minnesota Public Radio reported.


It says, “Upon police arrival, a female ‘slaps’ the back of thepatrol squad … After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened,but the female became deceased in the alley.”


Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was “startled” by a loud soundjust before he shot Damond todeath July 15, his partner Matthew Harrity told investigators.


Noor has refused to speak with investigators about the shooting.He and Harrity are on paid administrative leave.


With Post wires

In the moments before a yoga teacher was fatally shot byMinneapolis police, a woman slapped the officers’ patrol car while it drovethrough an alley, according to a search warrant application filed this week.


Though the information inthe warrant is vague, it could explain the “loud sound” that reportedlystartled Officers Matthew Harrity,the cruiser’s driver, and Officer Mohamed Noor, who was in the front passengerseat, just before Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Damond. Harrity described thenoise to investigators.


[Timeline of Justine Damond shooting]
The warrant to search the area near the incident, obtained byseveral local media outlets, does not specify whether the woman who reportedlyslapped the car was also the shooting victim, 40-year-old Australian nativeDamond.


Damond, who moved to Minneapolis in 2015 to bewith her fiancee, was killed just before midnight on July 15 — an incidentstill shrouded in mystery because the investigating agency, the MinnesotaBureau of Criminal Apprehension, has released few details and it was notcaptured on camera.


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The officers attempted CPR, but 20 minutes after she called 911,Damond was dead.


Authorities found no weapons at the scene.


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There has beeninternational outcry in the weeks since, prompting ralliesin Minnesota, beachside vigils from Damond’s family in Australia and the resignation of the Minneapolispolice chief overconcerns that her officers — including Noor and Harrity — had not been properlytrained.


Noor has declined to speakwith BCA investigators, but an attorney for Harrity, Fred Bruno, hinted in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune lastweek that the officers may have believed they were being ambushed.


“It’s certainly reasonable to assume that any policeofficer would be concerned about a possible ambush under these circumstances,”Bruno told the Star Tribune.


A fake street sign ismounted on the same pole as legitimate ones at a Minneapolis intersection onJuly 23. (Erin Adler/Star Tribune via AP)


Lastweekend, several bright orange metal signs appeared in theMinneapolis region, bolted to already existing street signs with a message mockingHarrity’s “startled” comment: “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.”


The signs featured a cartoon police officer with guns in bothhands, firing in opposite directions. The signs were later removed.


The signs were just one of several acts of protest in the weekssince Damond’s death. The day after she died, hundreds of neighbors, communitymembers, political candidates and police reform advocates gathered outsideDamond’s home to celebrate her life and demand transparency from police.


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Officials, includingMinneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, were quick to condemn the lack of videoevidencefrom the shooting. Both officers wore body cameras but neverturned them on, and the dash camera on the patrol did not capture the incident.


That fueled outrage from community members and groups like BlackLives Matter, which advocated for police body cameras to prevent the mysterythat often accompanies officer-involved shootings with conflicting narratives.The Twin Cities region was already jarred by two other fatal police shootingsof black men from the area, Philando Castile and Jamar Clark.


In his first interviewsince Damond was killed, Don Damond, the man she was to marry in August, told the New York Times last week that he initially thought itwas the alleged rapist who had shot her. Justine had called him that night whenshe heard the screams outside. From inside a casino in Las Vegas, he toldher to call 911.


Once police arrived, they hung up, Don Damond told the Times. Hetold her to call him back, but the rest of the night his texts went unanswered.


“I have played this over in my head over and over,” Damond toldthe Times. “Why didn’t I stay on the phone with her?”


Don Damond iscomforted by his son Zach Damond before making a statement to the news medianear his home after Minneapolis police officer shot and killed his fiancee, JustineDamond. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)