View Full Version : Australian man slams Minnesota investigation of his daughter's killing by police

12-23-2017, 05:01 PM
The father of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer this year said he was "deeply concerned" about the state's investigation into her death.

"We are apprehensive that perhaps the BCA [Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] has not fulfilled its promise," John Ruszczyk, the father of Justine Damond, said at a news conference in Sydney this morning.

"We are deeply concerned about the possibility that the initial investigation was not done properly," he added.

Damond, 40, was fatally shot by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on July 15 after she called 911 to report a possible assault near her home.

Authorities said Noor and fellow officer Matthew Harrity responded to Damond's 911 call but never found a suspect. They were startled by a loud noise before Damond approached the driver's side of their vehicle and Noor, who was on the passenger side, fired his gun through the open driver's side window, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Damond, a meditation and yoga instructor, lived in Minneapolis' Fulton neighborhood with her fiance, Don Damond. The two had planned to marry in August.

Ruszczyk's comments came just days after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was recorded on video last week telling activists that he didn't have enough evidence to charge Noor because investigators "haven't done their job."

I doubt if any investigation was done at all