The Heat: Unarmed Australian woman killed by police

The Heat

Front pages of two Australian newspapers on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, featuring photos and story of the shooting death of Australia’s Justine Damond who was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer on Saturday. Australia’s airwaves, newspapers and websites have been dominated by the news of Damond’s death which has stunned many in her native Australia and fed into Australians’ darkest fears about America’s culture of gun violence. (AP Photo/Kristen Gelineau)

More than 660 people have been killed by police officers in the U.S. so far this year. At that pace, 2017 could become the deadliest year on record since tracking began four years ago.

Last weekend a young yoga and meditation instructor from Australia was shot and killed by Minneapolis police. Justine Damond was just a few weeks away from getting married.

To explain the situation, CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports from the newsroom.
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To discuss the situation and the greater narrative of police shootings in the United States: