Minneapolis police have removed a memorial created by a white supremacist group to honor an Australian woman killed by a Somali-American officer last summer.
The hate group Identify Evropa took credit for the “shrine” honoring Justine Damond outside the Minneapolis police headquarters on its Twitter account on Saturday.
An officer removed the framed portrait of Damond, along with candles, roses and signs reading “United We Stand,” while police spokesperson John Elder told the Minnesota Public Radio News, “We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location.”
Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and yoga instructor engaged to a Minneapolis man, was shot dead by Officer Mohamed Noor one month before her wedding.
On July 15, she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in July.
Damond was unarmed when she approached the driver’s side of the responding patrol car in her pajamas.
Officer Matthew Harrity said he was startled by a loud noise, while his partner Noor pulled out a gun from the passenger seat and shot through the window on the driver’s side.
Damond, who was struck in the abdomen, died at the scene.
No charges have been filed, and Heppenin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who was confronted by activists earlier this month, said, “I’ve got to have the evidence and I don’t have it yet.”
Freeman also blamed investigators for failing to do their jobs, and added, “Can I prove the cop shot her? I could’ve done that the first day. That’s not how it works.”
Damond’s father issued a plea from Sydney, Australia, last week, saying he was “deeply concerned that the initial investigation was not done properly and with greatest integrity and sense of completeness.”
“We implore Mr Freeman and the prosecutor’s office to continue to pursue a rigorous investigation and examination of evidence of the events leading up to Justine’s death,” he said..
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