The tragic officer involved shooting of an unarmed White woman by a Muslim police officer has created controversies.
Officials say that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is continuing to investigate the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer in southwest Minneapolis Saturday night.
Law enforcement says two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South just before 11:30 PM.
Officer Mohamed Noor officers fired his weapon, killing the 40 year old Justine Damond.
The Tom Plunkett Law Office released a statement on Officer Noor's behalf.
"Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and to anyone else who has been touched by this event" read a statement in part from his attorney's office.
Damond lived on Washburn Avenue with her fiancé Don Damond and his son Zach. Both family members say she was the one to call 911 to report what she thought was an active sexual assault.
Few details have been released about what led to the shooting, but the BCA said on Monday that no weapons were located at the scene. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has completed their autopsy, but will not release the results until all family notifications are complete.
Both officers are currently on standard administrative leave. The officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time of the incident and the squad camera did not capture any video of the shooting, according to the BCA.
The lack of body cam video was a source of frustration at a community vigil on Sunday night. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.
Family, friends and community members have expressed frustration at the lack of information on the shooting. They are also calling for an independent, federal investigation into the incident.
"We are desperate for answers," Don Damond said at a press conference on Monday.
The BCA will present its findings to a county attorney for review once the investigation is complete.
Statement from Officer Noor's lawyer ready that, "Officer Mohamed Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers.”
It goes on to say, "He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling. He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.”
In closing the officers attorneys said, "The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period."
The statement from Chief Janee Harteau said, "I want to acknowledge the pain and frustration that family and community members have following the fatal officer involved shooting on Saturday night. This is clearly a tragic death.”
The Chief went on to state, “I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”
People across the country are outraged and believe this was a racially motivated shooting against an innocent white woman, by an immigrant Muslim who wanted to kill a Caucasian.