JUSTICE FOR JUSTINE: The settlement, the largest in Minnesota history, comes after former Somali Muslim ‘diversity hire’ officer, Mohamed Noor, was convicted of murder of an unarmed, innocent, white woman.
Star Tribune The deal requires the family to donate $2 million of its settlement to the Minneapolis Foundation’s Fund for Safe Communities, a program set up to fight gun violence in the city, Frey said
“This is not a victory for anyone, but rather a way for our city to move forward,” said Frey. “And I do believe we will move forward together.”
The payout is more than quadruple the previous record for a police-related settlement in the state of Minnesota. Leftist Activists have alleged the case has been treated differently than other police shootings because the officer, Mohamed Noor, is a black man and Damond was a white woman.
The Ruszczyk family filed its lawsuit in July 2018, asking for $50 million in compensation for the violation of Damond’s constitutional rights. The suit claimed Noor and his partner conspired to cover up evidence by not turning on their body-worn cameras and later hiding behind a “blue wall of silence.”
Noor was fired from the force and convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a Hennepin County jury on Tuesday. Frey said the trial made clear that the officer did not face a threat before using force. This fact, combined with the unprecedented murder conviction, influenced the high settlement, the mayor said.