The city of Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman fatally shot by a police officer when she approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday.
By which they mean, they’ll extract $20 million more from their taxpayers and offer it to the family of the woman their goon murdered to make them go away.
Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members detailed the settlement just three days after a jury convicted Mohamed Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
In case you missed this story when it first broke:
The dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia had called 911 to summon officers in the middle of the night to a possible rape in the alley behind her house.
Noor and his partner were rolling down the alley in a police SUV when they say they were startled by a loud bang on the vehicle. Noor testified that he fired to protect them from a perceived threat.
Prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond’s hands. They also questioned whether the loud bang was real. Neither Noor nor his partner, Matthew Harrity, mentioned it to investigators at the scene, with Harrity first mentioning it three days later in an interview with state investigators.
And even if she did bang on the squad car, so what? Sure, it can be a little annoying for a driver when someone bangs on his car to get his attention, but even if we aren’t cutting Ms. Damond any slack for her emotional state — and if we aren’t, we should ask ourselves why not — “a little annoying” isn’t an acceptable reason to kill.
But at least her family can give her a nice funeral. Oh, wait, she died two years ago. At least they can upgrade her tombstone or donate to causes she loved —
The settlement calls for Damond’s family to donate $2 million to a local foundation’s fund aimed at addressing gun violence.
Oh, fuck off.
When I started reading this story I thought it was going to be just another example of a city government buying its way out of trouble — $20 million is less than the family was suing them for. But unless the local foundation is named something like “Campaign to Abolish the Minneapolis Police Department,” it isn’t “addressing gun violence” in any way relevant to Ms. Damond’s death.
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