United States police kill Australian woman veterinarian

This 20 November 2017 video from Australia is about Australian woman Justine Damond, killed in police shooting in Minneapolis, USA.

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Australian Woman Justine Damond Killed By Police In Minneapolis

The shooting of an Australian woman by US police has raised serious concerns after it was revealed the officers did not have their body cameras turned on.

Justine Damond, aged 40, was shot dead in Minneapolis about 11:30pm local time on Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a possible assault.

Ms Damond, originally from Sydney and also known as Justine Ruszczyk, was a trained veterinarian who worked as a meditation teacher and spiritual healer who worked with people with cancer, depression and alcoholism.

She was engaged to Minneapolis local Don Damond and they were due to marry next month.

Her stepson Zach Damond, 22, said she called police after hearing a noise in the alleyway near their house in the suburb of Fulton.

“At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” the police department said.

“Officers were dispatched. When officers responded, an officer-involved shooting occurred, which resulted in one adult female victim who is deceased and which has prompted our callout to the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension].

“The BCA will now further be conducting this investigation, this officer-involved shooting, from this point forward.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed by the incident”. “I’m seeking answers to the questions we all have, and will make sure to keep the communication flowing,” she said.

Ms Hodges said she understood the police body cameras and squad camera, which were introduced to the Minneapolis Police Department last year, were not switched on when the shooting occurred.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

A rally organised by local activist Mel Reeves was held at the site of the shooting, while other community members gathered for a vigil in Ms Damond’s neighbourhood.

Local media say neighbours are mystified as to what occurred.

Zach Damond spoke at the vigil calling for more information and transparency from the authorities. “Basically my mum is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” Mr Damond said.

“I just know that she heard a sound in the alley so she called the police, and the cops showed up.

“And she probably… thought something bad was happening and then the next thing, they take my best friend’s life.

“I’m so done with all this violence, it’s so much bullshit.

“America sucks, these cops need to be trained differently and I need to move out of here.”

A woman named Bethany, another speaker at the vigil who claimed to be a friend of Ms Damond, described her as a “beautiful light”.

“She was a healer. She was loved. She should be alive. She should still be here,” she said.

Communities United Against Police Brutality president Michelle Gross said Ms Damond “lost her life being a good neighbour”.

The [Australian] Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

The shooting has reopened a deep rift between community members and the authorities as it comes one year after Minneapolis man Philando Castile was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez.

A video from the aftermath of last year’s shooting was livestreamed on Facebook.

It showed a woman interacting with an armed officer as the fatally injured man lay on the footpath.

The local community was left reeling after Mr Yanez was acquitted of all charges exactly one month ago and fired by the City of Saint Anthony.

Leslie Redmond, the vice-president for the Minneapolis NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), has called for a federal investigation into the latest shooting.

“I am shocked and appalled by the limited amount of information available right now. What are they covering up?” she said.

In a vigil held following Damond’s murder in 2017, Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, an African American man who was murdered in the suburb of Falcon Heights by officer Jeronimo Yanez in 2016, expressed her solidarity with Damond’s family and all families of police murder victims. “No life is any different than the other. It’s a tragedy that we lost our loved ones to someone who is supposed to protect and serve,” she said: here.
If black lives don’t matter, then in the long run not any lives matter any more.

Woman killed by Minneapolis police had called to report a rape: here.

After a quarter century of war waged by the US government abroad, including more than 15 years of the “war on terror” that knows no physical boundaries or time limits, police at home have adopted the same “counterinsurgency” tactics and mindset. Officer Harrity’s attorney told the media that it was “reasonable” to assume that the officers thought they were being “ambushed” when Damond approached their car: here.

CITY IN MOURNING In Minneapolis, community members have united to mourn the deaths of Justine Damond, Philando Castile and others victims of police violence. [HuffPost]

For the fourth year in a row, police killed over a thousand people in the United States in one year. The four-year bloodbath is a stern warning to the working class in America and across the world. Social inequality is reaching unprecedented levels. Three billionaires own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population of the United States. The killings of thousands by police in the span of few years is an indication of the ruling elite’s fear and hatred of the vast working class majority: here.

Last Friday, former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for the murder of 40-year-old Australian-American Justine Damond after a rare guilty verdict in a case where a police officer killed a civilian. Shortly after Noor was found guilty, Damond’s family won a settlement with the city of Minneapolis for $20 million: here.

18 thoughts on “United States police kill Australian woman veterinarian

  1. This what our police in the US do. They use their position of authority and their weapons to remind us that they are in control. They often consider themselves above the law and in practice often are because fellow officers and police departments will do everything they can to protect each other even when they commit crimes. This leaves them free to prosecute, persecute and intimidate the public according to their own prejudices and desires.


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  3. Saturday 2nd SEptember 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    Dashboard camera footage showed officer ‘reassuring’ frightened woman

    A US police officer has resigned after film emerged of him telling a woman: “We only kill black people.”

    Lieutenant Greg Abbott’s lawyer said he had made the decision to retire “after 27 years of faithful service” to Cobb County in Georgia, just hours after local police chief Mike Register confirmed that he would be sacked for the remark.

    The comments were made in July 2016 but revealed on Thursday by WSB-TV, which obtained the video — taken by a dashboard camera — through a freedom of information request.

    Lt Abbott told a woman who said she was frightened to lower her hands because she had seen “way too many videos” of police behaviour: “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people right?”

    He then asks the woman if she has seen “the black people get killed” in the videos she referred to.

    The woman was a passenger in a car whose driver had been stopped for dangerous driving.

    The driver’s lawyer Suri Chadha Jimenez said the comments were “nasty, sarcastic.

    “The reality is to us minorities, there is a real fear when you are pulled over,” he said. “He thought it’s a joke, but it’s not a joke to many people.”

    Mr Register said that the officer would have to be fired for the “mistake,” while claiming that he was an “honourable” man.

    But American Civil Liberties Union Georgia executive director Andrea Young said: “Under zero circumstances is it ever appropriate to joke about police officers committing murder.”

    She called on the Cobb County police force to undertake diversity training.

    Unrest over repeated police killings of unarmed black people led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death at police hands of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, after which police attacks on demonstrators caused an international outcry.

    But the shootings have continued — with leading Ferguson activist Darren Seals found shot dead late last year — and racial tension has grown since the election of Donald Trump, with clashes between white supremacists and antifascists seeing Heather Heyer killed by a far-right thug at Charlottesville last month.



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