Minneapolis cops remove memorial erected for woman by a white nationalist group
Noor refuses to talk to investigators and prosecutors cannot charge him with the crime until they have evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime wasn't on purpose
A memorial left for Justine Damond by a white nationalist group was removed by Minneapolis Police on December 26. Damond was killed by Somali-American police officer Mohamed Noor in July of 2017.
John Elder, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police, said in an interview with a local radio station that the memorial was taken down because it was outside a police precinct headquarters.
Elder told Minneapolis Public Radio News, "We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location."
The group responsible for putting up the memorial in front of the precinct, Identity Evropa, said on its Twitter account that they put up the memorial on 22nd December (Friday).
One family will be having an incomplete Christmas this year.— IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) December 23, 2017
On Friday, Identity Evropa activists created a shrine for Justine Damond at the 5th Precinct in Minneapolis, MN, where her Somali-born killer – whom a judge recently decided not to charge – was assigned. pic.twitter.com/bzPntJq0aO
The Northern California hate group organized a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virgina in August of this year.
With signs reading "United We Stand", the memorial had a framed portrait of Damond, candles, and roses. The mayor-elect of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, added on December 23 that the shrine was "disgusting" and condemned it.
In a statement, Frey said, "I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms. Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period."
According to The Star Tribune, the memorial was vandalized by the morning with only the candles remaining at the site of the memorial. The portrait, roses and the signs were all gone.
Damond was shot by Officer Noor in July after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in progress in an alley. So far, no charges have been filed against him.
Damond lived in an upper-middle-class home with her fiance. She called 911 to report a possible sexual assault that was taking place in the alley behind her home.
Officers Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor were the responding officers to the call. Officer Harrity recalled being startled by a loud noise that he heard right outside his squad car which may have been caused by Damond when she rapped on the car as she approached.
Officer Noor, hearing the sound, reached from the passenger seat across Officer Harrity and fired his weapon. Damond was hit in the abdomen and died at the location.
Identity Evropa placed the memorial outside the police station that Officer Noor was assigned to.
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney, is still deciding whether to file criminal charges against Officer Noor. Freeman vented earlier in December telling activists he didn't have enough evidence to charge the officer and that investigators "haven't done their job."
He said that Officer Noor's refusal to speak to any investigators also put the prosecutors in a tough situation.
Freeman said, "I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, (that) the moment he shot the gun, he feared for his life. And he used force because he thought he was gonna be killed. But I can't. He won't answer my questions because he doesn't have to, OK?"
>Justine Damond is senselessly killed by Somali @MinneapolisPD officer Mohamed Noor— Mr. Frexit 🎄🇺🇸 (@MrFrexlt) December 24, 2017
>Not enough evidence to charge him
>@IdentityEvropa creates a shrine to honor her memory
>@MinneapolisPD destroys shrine and launches an investigation of the shrine
Welcome to Clown World 🤡🌍 pic.twitter.com/9LvP3zp3Z5
Later on, Freeman apologized to investigators and said that his comments were ill-advised.
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