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Minneapolis to Pay $20M to Family of 911 Caller Slain by Cop

Damond's family had filed a lawsuit seeking more than $50 million, alleging that her civil rights were violated



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    In this July 23, 2018, file photo, posters of Justine Ruszczyk Damond are displayed at a news conference by attorneys for her family in Minneapolis. A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the 2017 shooting death of the Australian woman is scheduled to appear in court as attorneys for both sides argue several issues before trial. Prosecutors have charged Mohamed Noor with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Damond, who was shot after she called 911 to report a possible assault. Noor hasn't entered a plea, but court documents indicate he'll plead not guilty.

    The city of Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman fatally shot by a police officer when she approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday.

    Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council members detailed the settlement just three days after a jury convicted Mohamed Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia had called 911 to summon officers in the middle of the night to a possible rape in the alley behind her house.

    Noor and his partner were rolling down the alley in a police SUV when they say they were startled by a loud bang on the vehicle. Noor testified that he fired to protect them from a perceived threat. Jurors took about 11½ hours to reach a verdict after hearing three weeks of testimony.

    Damond's family had filed a lawsuit seeking more than $50 million, alleging that her civil rights were violated.

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    Frey said the city moved quickly to settle in part due to Noor's conviction for third-degree murder, as well as the officer's failure to identify a threat before he used force.

    "This is not a victory for anyone, but rather a way for our city to move forward," he said.

    The settlement calls for Damond's family to donate $2 million to a local foundation's fund aimed at addressing gun violence.

    The death of Damond, 40, came a month before she was due to marry. Noor, 33, who had trained to become a police officer in a mid-career switch, was fired after he was charged.

    He is in custody awaiting sentencing in June. Sentencing guidelines call for as many as 15 years in prison on the murder charge, though judges can depart from the guidelines.

    Prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands. They also questioned whether the loud bang was real. Neither Noor nor his partner, Matthew Harrity, mentioned it to investigators at the scene, with Harrity first mentioning it three days later in an interview with state investigators. Noor refused to talk to investigators.

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    Hundreds of mourners gathered at an alley entrance to honor Justine Damond, who was shot and killed by police on Saturday night.

    The shooting happened after two officers responded to a 911 call that Justine made about a possible assault near her home.

    (Published Monday, July 17, 2017)