Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Search Warrant Issued for Minneapolis Officers' Phone, Social Media Accounts

Search Warrant Issued for Minneapolis Officers' Phone, Social Media Accounts

The father of an Australian woman shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call said he was "crushed by sorrow" a week ahead of what would have been his daughter's wedding.

Ruszczyk spoke at the memorial which took place at performance venue in Lake Harriet, southwest Minneapolis.

Damond added he had "immense gratitude for being the one she chose".

'I can just feel her basically saying "why are you guys being so serious?",' friend Rosie McGowan said.

A banner above the bandshell read: "Move from fear and survival to fascination and creation".

"We are determined to get justice for Justine, because in getting justice for her, we will be getting justice for all of us". An Australian flag stood on the sage next to a large color photo of Justine Damond and pink and white flowers.

A man at the back of the crowd held a sign that read, "NOOR RESIGN NOW".

Damond was engaged to be married in August.

A judge approved a search warrant for investigators to examine the smartphones of two Minneapolis police officers in the shooting. It shows that an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension requested permission to download data from the iPhones issued by the Minneapolis Police Department. It's the latest piece in an outgoing attempt to determine the exact series of events on July 15 after Noor, who fired the fatal shot from inside a police squad, declined to interview with the BCA.

During a visit to Minneapolis, where Ms Damond was shot, Mr Ruszczyk said: "We should be walking down the street smiling and laughing, But now every step on the foot path is very painful".

Her fiance, Don Damond, said it "felt like a privilege to love Justine".

His partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told detectives a noise startled Noor as Damond approached their cruiser.

Various public figures, including Minneapolis' former and current police chiefs, as well as Mayor Betsy Hodges, have called for Noor to make a statement to the agency tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings, through the Fifth Amendment prevents anyone from compelling such testimony.

The memorial finished with a walk in silence around Lake Harriet. "And that is who Justine was", Damond said.

But the ongoing investigation and details from that July night slipped from view at Friday's gathering, which focused on healing and unity.

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