Australian PM calls shooting 'inexplicable'

Australian PM calls shooting ‘inexplicable’


Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will seek answers from US authorities over the “inexplicable” death of a woman shot by a policeman.
Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was killed in Minneapolis after calling police to report a possible crime.
The incident is under investigation by US authorities, who say they cannot compel the officer to give a statement.

Mr Turnbull said his government is determined to learn what “went tragically wrong”.
“How can a woman out in the street in her pyjamas seeking assistance be shot like that?” he said on the local Nine network on Wednesday.
“It is a shocking killing, and yes, we are demanding answers on behalf of her family.”
US media reported that Ms Damond, 40, was dressed in her pyjamas and had approached the driver’s side door of a police car when she was shot on Saturday.
Every police officer and squad car in Minneapolis is equipped with cameras, but the incident was not recorded.
“There are big questions left that we still have and that we hope to have answered soon.”
On Wednesday morning, hundreds of people gathered for a dawn vigil at a Sydney beach to honour Ms Damond.
In silence, attendees including her family and friends lit candles and released pink flowers into the ocean.
“We are here to come together as a community around our beautiful Justine, to honour her life, share our love and mourn her death,” Ms Damond’s family said in a statement ahead of the vigil. -BBC


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