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MINNEAPOLIS ― Hundreds gathered Thursday in a Minneapolis neighborhood for a rally to demand justice and mourn the victims of police shootings across the United States, including Justine Damond, the 40-year-old Australian native who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last weekend.

The shooting has led to claims the Minneapolis Police Department's officers are "trigger happy", but the chief said Officer Noor's actions did not indicate a systemic problem.

The department is looking at technology whereby the cameras could switch on automatically, she added. However, a lawyer for Damond's family, Bob Bennet, called the claims "ludicrous" and said she was in her pyjamas when she approached the police auto and "was not a threat to anyone". Neither officer turned on their body cameras before the shooting.

Ruszczyk called police at 11:27 p.m. Saturday night to report that she thought she'd heard a female yell help outside her home in the city's Fulton neighborhood, telling the 911 operator she was anxious that a woman was being attacked.

An attorney representing Offer Mohamed Noor's partner said he believes it is reasonable to assume an officer in that situation would be concerned about a possible ambush.

The chief said her judgment on the issue was based on the limited information publicly released by state investigators, who are charged with probing police shootings.

Caller: 5024 Washburn Avenue South. Operator: Washburn Avenue South. "Immediately afterward Ruszczyk approached the driver's side window of the squad".

That's when Ruszczyk approached Harrity's driver's side window. The cops got out of their auto and gave medical attention right after the shooting, according to the agency.

"We are still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we are struggling to understand how and why this could happen", they said in a statement released to Sky News Australia.

The killing of Damond has once again dredged up resentment toward a police department that has been embroiled in controversy in recent years over the actions of its officers.

Bruno would not specify what Harrity told BCA investigators beyond what was made public, saying, "I can't reveal specifics of the interview".

"I fully realise there's still an open investigation and there are questions that are unanswered".

A friend of the killer cop, who has been suspended by Minneapolis Police Department, told that he reacted after seeing a figure emerge from the dark running towards him. The family has hired high-profile USA lawyer Robert Bennett, who represented the family of Minnesota man Philando Castile after he was gunned down by a policeman during a traffic stop past year.

Officers searched the area and found no suspects or signs of the suspected rape. The average length of experience for officers involved in the cases he collected was 10 years.

"We are also having lots of discussion about how we can start to make some bigger changes on policing in this city", she said.

"There's not a culture that's developed yet within the officers to actually turn on their cameras", Mr. Dehn said.

"These were the actions and judgment of one individual".

Damond, who was also known as Justine Ruszczyk, had taken the name of her fiance, DonDamond, ahead of their wedding.

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