The camera footage showing the death of Justine Damond, the woman who was shot by a Minneapolis police officer, also showed the agents' vain attempts to save her life.
The chaotic footage aired Thursday in court and showed unsuccessful efforts to rescue the 40-year-old woman who was shot a few minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape near her home. Damond had dual American and Australian citizenship and took her fiancé's family name before her wedding, which was to take place one month after her death in July 2017.
Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor is on trial for murder and murder. He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after being charged with death.
When the body camera was filmed, Damond's fiancé, Don, refused to watch. Other members of his family also left the courtroom, reported FOX9.
According to the Australian Associated Press, Judge Kathryn Quaintance of Minneapolis banned the media and the public from viewing the camera images, but this restriction was lifted after the media backed the decision.
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"The images on these [body-worn cameras] shows the last moments of human life and the struggles of the police and medical staff to save this life, "wrote Quaintance in a memo, according to the Australian Associated Press. "These moments are well outside the personal experience of most people. Most lay people are not well equipped to absorb such a visceral and shocking matter. "
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the camera of a corpse showed Noor and his partner that they were performing CPR on Damond in turn before the firefighters arrived. Another video camera shows Noor being taken into a supervision team. Agent Mark Ringgenberg testified that Noor did not stop asking if Damond was fine.
"I just said [Noor] to say nothing, "said Ringgenberg." I do not remember the details. "
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Defense lawyers said Noor reacted to a loud noise and feared an ambush. Prosecutors argued that there was no evidence that Noor was facing a threat justifying the use of lethal force.
Lt. Richard Zimmerman, head of the city's homicide police unit, said Thursday that the alley's lighting was bright enough that he could clearly see the police on his arrival . Defense lawyers said the lighting conditions were bad the night Damond was shot.
Associated Press contributed to this report.