In 2017, the Australian-American holistic doctor Justine Damond was shot and killed by a police officer after she made a 911 call to report a suspected sexual assault behind her building. This week, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $20 million to her family in a settlement, just days after the officer was found guilty of murder.
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“The massive settlement, $2 million of which would be donated to a local charity, comes after two days of negotiations and was announced in a news conference Friday afternoon with Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council.
The settlement requires that $2 million be donated to Minneapolis Foundation’s Fund for Safe Communities, a program dedicated to fighting all forms of gun violence.”1
The two major reasons behind the large sum are the “unprecedented” criminal conviction for third-degree murder and the fact Noor identified “no clear threat” before he opened fire.1
Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American (and the first police officer to be convicted of murder during an on-duty shooting in Minnesota’s history) was convicted by a jury this week “of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.”1 The Somali American Police Association believe the verdict is an example of how minority officers receive different and harsher treatment.
After Damond called 911 and the police arrive, she approached the officer’s car. However, as she was approaching, Noor and the other officer were startled by a loud noise and Noor shot her. Although the two officers performed CPR at the scene, Damond did not survive.
Noor, who will be sentenced on June 7th, and the city’s police chief were both fired after the incident.