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Makes sense to me. Man's daughter is completely innocent yet killed by a police officer, you sue.  If they can prove later the other police officers stonewalled the investigation, you fire or charge them.  Easy. 

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Justine Damond's father is suing US police for $67 million over her shooting death

 

Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot by a policeman in Minneapolis after she called them on 911 after she thought she heard a woman being assaulted.


The officer who fired the fatal shot has been charged with murder but plans to plead not guilty
Her Sydney-based father has launched the $US50 million legal action.


Australian Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s family have begun legal action against the city of Minneapolis and several police officers over her shooting death last year, arguing her civil rights were violated.

Damond, 40, originally from Sydney, was due to marry US businessman Don Damond last August, and made a 911 call to police on July 15, 2017, concerned she could hear a woman who sounded like she was being sexually assaulted.

 

The two officers arrived at the scene in a squad car three minutes later. Damond, in her pyjamas and unarmed, was shot as she approached the police car and died.

 

An investigation into her death was hampered by the fact that neither officer had their body camera on until after the shooting and the police car camera was also off.

 

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who fired the fatal bullet, has been charged with murder and manslaughter. He is currently out on bail awaiting trial and will plead not guilty, arguing that he used “reasonable force”. Noor did not speak with investigators about what happened.

 

US District Court lawsuit is seeking $67 million ($US50 million) in damages, alleging Damond’s civil rights were violated and that Noor was unfit for duty and then with fellow officer Matthew Harrity, conspired to cover up what occurred.

 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, has launched the lawsuit, which seeks the damages in four claims. His lawyer, Robert Bennett, previously sued the city over the 2016 shooting of black motorist Philando Castile by police, reaching a $4.06 million settlement.

 

Announcing the suit in the US on Monday, Bennett said 35 officers had refused to cooperate with the county attorney’s investigation into the shooting, saying it was a case “full of conspiracy”.

 

“That’s unheard of,” he said. “It’s well established the blue wall of silence exists in Minneapolis.”

The lawsuit alleges Noor’s squad car partner Harrity was involved in a “conspiracy to cover up the true facts surrounding the killing of Justine”.

 

more at:  Justine Damond's father is suing US police for $67 million over her shooting death

 

One of the most egregious examples of unnecessary police violence in our history.


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in Washington DC, January 21, 2017.
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