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Family of Australian woman fatally shot wants Minnesota cop charged

By Chris Kenning

 

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Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, from Sydney, is seen in this 2015 photo released by Stephen Govel Photography in New York, U.S., on July 17, 2017. Stephen Govel/Stephen Govel Photography/Handout via REUTERS/Files

 

(Reuters) - The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot wants the Minneapolis policeman involved charged, their attorney said on Tuesday, the same day investigators sent the evidence collected to the local prosecutor.

 

State investigators did not release their findings in the July 15 shooting of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, who died from a single gunshot fired by Officer Mohamed Noor. The policeman was in a patrol car with Officer Matthew Harrity.

 

Damond had called police about a possible sexual assault near her house and had approached the police after their arrival, authorities previously said. Damond was living in Minneapolis and engaged to be married.

 

The shooting sparked outrage in Minnesota as well as in Australia, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident "shocking" and "inexplicable." Minneapolis' police chief resigned after city officials said procedures had been violated during the incident and Damond "didn't have to die."

 

The attorney for Damond's family, Bob Bennett, said her family believes the officer should be held accountable.

"They certainly believe charges are merited," he said in a telephone interview.

 

The most likely charges may be second-degree manslaughter, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years, Bennett said.

 

Attorneys for the officers could not be reached. Noor previously expressed condolences to the Damond family in a statement, but declined to discuss the shooting.

 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman will review the case file to determine what, if any, charges might be brought after the findings were submitted Tuesday, according to a statement. A decision is expected by the end of the year, his office said.

 

Harrity told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near the patrol car shortly before Noor fired through the open driver's-side window, striking Damond. Court documents said a woman slapped the back of the car before the shooting.

 

Noor was put on paid leave after the shooting. Neither officer had their body cameras activated, police have said.

 

Damond's family has not yet filed a civil lawsuit, Bennett said. He is the same lawyer who reached a nearly $3 million settlement for the family of black motorist Philando Castile who was shot and killed by Minnesota police in July 2016 during a traffic stop.

 

Because of past criticism over a lack of transparency when grand juries consider possible charges in police shootings, Freeman plans to decide on charges himself, his spokesman said.

 

Freeman's office said in a statement it might ask for additional investigation into the matter.

 

(Reporting by Chris Kenning; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

 
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khwaibah    5,055
51 minutes ago, webfact said:

Family of Australian woman fatally shot wants Minnesota cop charged

 

Understand the families feelings but they can wish in one hand and shyt in the other and see which hands fills up first.

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mrdome    371
1 hour ago, FreddieRoyle said:

I don't see why they want Mohammed Noor charged, he was made a policeman although it was abundantly clear he was totally unsuited. He was already being investigated for 3 complaints for his behavior, and yet because he was fast tracked into his position for the sole reason that he was a Somalian muslim made him untouchable. Who-ever it was that pulled the PC stunt of hiring this guy over more suited applicants who were rejected because they were not diverse enough should carry the sole blame here. I can't think of a punishment severe enough, but it must be severe enough to end this PC affirmative action silliness.

 Was it mayor Betsy Hodges who made this guy an armed officer?

It's not as simple as that and this isn't a "PC stunt" as you've called it. Some cops seem heavy handed/"totally unsuited" at one point in their career.

 

Most of all, we do need cops from all segments of the population on the street, period. Your skin color or your religion - since you brought it up, Freddie - has obviously nothing to do with your actions.

 

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FreddieRoyle    299
7 minutes ago, mrdome said:

It's not as simple as that and this isn't a "PC stunt" as you've called it. Some cops seem heavy handed/"totally unsuited" at one point in their career.

 

Most of all, we do need cops from all segments of the population on the street, period. Your skin color or your religion - since you brought it up, Freddie - has obviously nothing to do with your actions.

 

No, we need properly trained cops with an attitude and mentality that suits the job of serving the local citizens. Whether they be black, white, pink or florescent green is irrelevant. In this case somebody decided that to be politically correct that this Somali should be made an armed policeman, and then the problems started. Even with the 3 warnings he was still able to carry a weapon. This Australian lady in pygamas paid the price of a PC stunt, and this must be investigated and results made public to stop this type of silliness from ever happening again.

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FreddieRoyle    299
17 minutes ago, mrdome said:

freddie, you keep alluding he failed his training from the start or wasn't properly trained and that he was pushed through regardless of his performance,  comments for which you have zero proof and which the Minneapolis Police Department would vehemently deny. It wasn't a "PC-stunt", regardless of how many times you repeat that.

 

Let's face it, if it had been a black victim and a white cop, the comments - if there were any at all - would be quite different.

 

Well you might be right, it is possible he was the only applicant for the job in which case the situation is understandable. But, you know and I know that there will have been many many applicants for this job - as there always is for police jobs and indeed any civil service positions. If you can find proof that he, Mohammed Noor was the sole applicant for a police job in Minnesota than I will apologize and admit you are correct and that I was wrong. If, however, there were many applicants and some were of better moral standing, with better attitude and suitability for the job but they were caucasian or latino so it was given to Mr. Noor because he was from Somalia and it would be great opportunity for his boss to signal their virtue and political correctness then your assertion that we need "cops from all segments"regardless of suitability is doubling down on the silliness.

 

Huge amount of info here - including Mr Noor's personnel files with the police dept and full background plus details of this case and previous complaints against Mr. Noor.

http://heavy.com/news/2017/07/mohamed-noor-justine-damond-ruszczyk-minneapolis-police-officer-somali-mohammed/

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Jonnapat    179
1 hour ago, retarius said:

Malcom Turnbull says it is 'inexplicable'. It isn't inexplicable at all, US cops are trigger happy and use maximum force in every conceivable situation.

Well said, sir.

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jesimps    3,018
2 hours ago, mrdome said:

It's not as simple as that and this isn't a "PC stunt" as you've called it. Some cops seem heavy handed/"totally unsuited" at one point in their career.

 

Most of all, we do need cops from all segments of the population on the street, period. Your skin color or your religion - since you brought it up, Freddie - has obviously nothing to do with your actions.

 

It does when you're unqualified to do the job and are there purely due to PC quotas.

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nausea    1,014
5 hours ago, webfact said:

A decision is expected by the end of the year, his office said.

Has to be a misprint.

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Mansell    517
5 hours ago, khwaibah said:

 

Understand the families feelings but they can wish in one hand and shyt in the other and see which hands fills up first.

The correct saying is, wish in one hand and fill the other one with water, and see which one fills up first....I believe with what you wrote one hand is going to fill up, and not in a nice way.

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taipan1949    123
4 hours ago, mrdome said:

It's not as simple as that and this isn't a "PC stunt" as you've called it. Some cops seem heavy handed/"totally unsuited" at one point in their career.

 

Most of all, we do need cops from all segments of the population on the street, period. Your skin color or your religion - since you brought it up, Freddie - has obviously nothing to do with your actions.

 

Lets be serious, the Koran kicked into the brainless Somali and he shot a woman not covered from head to toe. He needs murder two and after a supposed release from jail he should be deported. I can't believe I held my temper writing this piece so I better quit before I am banned.

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taipan1949    123

Lets be serious, the Koran kicked into the brainless Somali and he shot a woman not covered from head to toe. He needs murder two and after a supposed release from jail he should be deported. I can't believe I held my temper writing this piece so I better quit before I am banned.

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