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Minneapolis to Expand Required Use of Bodycams After Shooting Death of Justine Damond

Justine Damond (Good Morning America screenshot)
Justine Damond (Good Morning America screenshot)

Justine Damond’s shooting death is continuing to cause widespread changes in the Minneapolis Police Department, with officials now saying that officers will be required to turn on their body cameras when responding to all calls, initiating traffic stops or taking other actions.

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According to the Associated Press, acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed to reporters Wednesday that the changes will take effect Saturday.

The changes are the latest development to follow the shooting death of 40-year-old Justine Damond, an Australian native living in the city who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Officer Mohamed Noor was the one who fired the fatal shot at the yoga-and-meditation instructor. His partner that night, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached their squad car that may have been a “slap.”

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Neither of the officers’ bodycams was activated at the time of the shooting; nor was the incident captured on the dashcam.

The acting police chief told the newswire that more changes to the policy may be possible, adding that the Police Department is prepping to install equipment in squad cars that will automatically turn on bodycams, although that system will take a couple of months to be implemented.

Read more at ABC News.

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vanguardknight
Vanguard Knight

Well this is good news for white people.

I assume in the case of black people, the footage will get lost, or the camera will be broken, the view obstructed, the film doctored, unaltered footage will lack context......