Prosecutors Delay Decision on Minnesota Cop Who Fatally Shot Australian

Justine Damond had called police about a possible sexual assault near her house and approached the police after their arrival when she was fatally shot.

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(Reuters) — Minneapolis’ top prosecutor on Thursday said more investigation is needed before he decides whether or not to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman in July that led to the police chief’s resignation.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement that he would not decide before the end of 2017 as he had hoped in the death of Sydney native Justine Damond, 40, who was shot once by Somali-born Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor from his patrol car.

“The investigation and review of the case will not be rushed. It is more important to get it right than to get it done quickly,” Freeman said.

Noor has been on paid leave and has declined to be interviewed by Minnesota state investigators.

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

The shooting drew condemnation in Minnesota and Australia, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it “shocking” and “inexplicable.” Then-Minneapolis police chief Jamee Harteau resigned after city officials said procedures had been violated and that Damond “didn’t have to die.”

Noor’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said in a statement on Thursday that Noor extended his “thoughts and wishes” to Damond’s family and raised concerns about the objectivity of Freeman.

Neither Noor, who came to the United States from Somalia as a child, nor Matthew Harrity, another officer in the patrol car, had their body cameras activated, police have 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.

Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, last week in Sydney said he was concerned the investigation into her death may have been mishandled after prosecutor Freeman criticized investigators.

Freeman has said Harrity did not provide insightful information. Freeman also said he did not yet have enough evidence to charge Noor.

“I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the moment he shot the gun he feared for his life,” Freeman said in video comments posted by the Star-Tribune newspaper. “But he won’t answer my questions.”

The attorney for Damond’s family, Bob Bennett, on Thursday said that Damond’s family supported the delay.

“We support Mr. Freeman’s decision to take additional time to ensure the investigation is rigorous and complete,” Bennett said in a statement. “We want justice and appreciate the support from all those who want the same.”

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  • Dollars to doughnuts that if this goes to trial, the cop gets convicted of whatever charges the prosecutor decides to bring.
    https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/02/in-minneapolis-a-different-police-shooting/

    Why? Because it appears that the only time cops actually get convicted of a wrongful death is when they are nonwhite and the victim is white:
    https://nypost.com/2017/03/25/cop-convicted-of-manslaughter-in-shooting-of-6-year-old-autistic-boy/

    I believe more than a few black folks will be watching this case very closely.

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    • If they deport him back to his sh*thole country, that would be worse than any US prison. White people (foreign or domestic) will ALWAYS receive justice that has been denied to JUST US in racist AmeriKKKa.

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      • You would think that some of these juries acquitting murderous cops, in SPITE of the evidence (video in some cases), would feel some sort humanity when they go into the jury room, or at the very least, feel shame when they vote “not guilty”…But it’s obvious they don’t, because if they did, they wouldn’t keep doing it.

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  • A blond white FOREIGNER wilL receive SUBSTANTIAL JUSTICE before any Black CITIZEN in racist AmeriKKKa.

    Assuming the Somalian KKKop is Muslim, his INBRED bias against women was more than likely a factor in the shooting. AmeriKKKa admits and hires other countries riff-raff, puts power and/or a gun in their incompetent hands just to give the illusion of being a “land of opportunity.” He probably shot her just because she was a woman complaining about something rapist men like him are ALLOWED to do in his sh*thole country all the time.

    How dare she complain about a man’s business. Shooting her was his Somali way of communicating: Shut up b*tch!

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