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Justine Damond autopsy: Was her cell-phone confused for gun?

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Mohamed Noor ambushed: Pictured Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk aka Justine Damond who was shot dead by Minneapolis police Saturday night after calling 911 to report a disturbance in a nearby alley. Image via social media
Justine Damond autopsy
Justine Damond autopsy: Pictured slain Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk whose shooting death has since been determined to be the result of homicide after being shot once in the stomach

Justine Damond autopsy: A report determines an Australian woman’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police was murder. Was her phone confused for a weapon?

The shooting death of 40 year old Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk (also known by her fiance’s surname, Justine Damond) at the hands of Minneapolis Police officer, Mohamed Noor after calling 911 in response to a possible sexual assault near the family residence has been determined to be caused by a single bullet to the abdomen.

A report via the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office late Monday described the, ‘manner of death as homicide.’

The ruling comes as Officer Mohamed Noor broke his silence, where through the man’s attorney, Tom Plunkett expressed his condolences to the slain woman’s family and friends, along with taking the events, ‘very seriously’.

‘He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling,’ continued the statement. ‘He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves.’

The statement comes after Noor’s lawyer conceded there were ‘several investigations ongoing’ around Noor, as previous complaints against the officer, including an open case filed to the US District Court just last month, regarding an alleged heavy handed response to a previous 911 dispatch call. 

That case involved a former social worker claiming Noor and other officers violated her constitutional rights in March after mandating her detention at a hospital after she called 911 to report a drug crime and other issues.

Of disconcert, The Star Tribune reported the woman claimed that Noor ‘grabbed her right wrist and upper arm’ when moving her, leaving her ‘immobilized’.

Noor’s first public comments followed a Monday afternoon statement from Justine’s fiance, Don Damond, who took the Minneapolis Police Department to task for the way it handled the shooting death while also calling Justine’s death, ‘murder’.  

What should have been a routine 911 call to police and the woman describing in person to officers what she believed to have transpired turned out to be anything but ‘routine’ in a climate of angst and inertia prevailing within the US- especially in light of increased instances of police brutality, the increasing curtailing of public freedoms and the increasingly militant attitude of authorities.

The 50 year old executive was damning of police officers, saying the family have been provided with ‘almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived;.

‘We’ve lost the dearest of people and we’re desperate for information,’ he said.

‘Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comforts as we grieve this tragedy.’

The couple had been set to be married next month.

Don Damond: Justine Damond’s death was murder!

Why? Mohamed Noor i’d as Minneapolis cop who shot Justine Damond dead

Why? Justine Ruszczyk aka Justine Diamond shot dead by Minneapolis cop after calling 911

While family and friends continue to wonder what instigated the shooting of the woman who’d come out to greet responding police officers in her pajamas, circa Saturday night, clues were starting to make their way.

Scratchy audio of a police radio conversation uploaded to a Minnesota website that monitors the state’s police scanners and posts online, offered some insight into the police operation that followed.

The call begins just before 11.28pm on Saturday night, when the bride-to-be is believed to have called 911. A dispatcher can be heard directing officers to a ‘female screaming behind the building’.

Only about 30 seconds later, an officer reports from the scene: ‘shots fired’.

The officers at the scene call for other units to make their way to the address, saying: ‘Code 3, Washburn and 53rd St.’

It then becomes clear that a person has been shot.

‘One down,’ an officer can be heard to say. After about a minute, an officer reports: ‘No suspects at large.’

A mobile phone reportedly found near Ms Damond’s body raised the prospect police thought it was a gun. No weapons were found at the scene. The shooting happened at night and if any defense existed, police would seek to claim that lack of lighting and any quick movement may have led to officers believing that they were under threat. 

Justine Diamond autopsy
Justine Diamond autopsy: Pictured Minneapolis Police Officer, Mohamed Noor who shot dead Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk also known as Justine Damond.
Justine Diamond autopsy
Justine Damond autopsy: Pictured Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk aka Justine Damond who was shot dead by Minneapolis police Saturday night after calling 911 to report a disturbance in a nearby alley. Image via social media

At the time, Justine had been speaking to police officers from the driver’s side when Noor began shooting at Damond from the passenger side of the squad car, possibly in retaliation of what the two year rookie may have perceived to be a weapon as the woman leaned in.

Of disconcert, the exchange failed to be caught on camera, despite Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity not turning on neither body cameras they were wearing or squad car cameras during the shooting. The two men have been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigations. 

Of note, Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and is the first Somali-American police officer assigned to the 5th Precinct in the southwest part of the city.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is conducting the investigation, said in a statement that ‘initial interviews with officers’ still weren’t complete two days after the shooting.

The BCA said an autopsy has been conducted on Ms Damond’s body, adding their investigation ‘does not determine whether a law enforcement policy was violated’.

Come Sunday and Monday, crowds gathered to remember the corporate speaker and meditation teacher, who moved from Sydney’s Northern Beaches three years ago and who was set to was to marry her ‘love of her life,’ the following month. 

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  • Adam Raymond Ravenhurst

    The autopsy doesn’t consider it murder, it considers it homicide. The terms are not interchangeable in context, and the article quotes Don as saying it was homicide, and every video I’ve seen of him does not have him saying the word murder at all, but homicide. He may in his heart think it was murder or manslaughter, but he has not said so in public that I am aware of. If a video exists where he actually says murder and not homicide, I haven’t seen it, but would certainly like to.

    Murder refers to intentional, malicious, and sometimes (depending on degree) planned or premeditated homicide specifically. Voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter are different types of homicide criminally than murder. Lastly, in the legal sense, there is felony murder (death caused as a result of committing a federal crime, whether or not it was intended), and justifiable homicide. These all have distinct meanings which matter.

    Police are justified legally to use lethal force in most if not all states in the union based upon the the mere perception of a threat- whether or not that threat turns out to be actual- if it can be construed that in the moment such a perception was reasonable. This ostensibly protects them in the majority of cases which are clear-cut justifiable homicide, such as shooting back at someone shooting at them resulting in that person’s death, or shooting someone who represents a clear danger to others via a non-firearm weapon like a knife, car, etc. but it also works to protect them in far more questionable circumstances like this.

    The main point of that paragraph that you and others should take away is pretty simple: the outcomes of trials against officers, specifically when the charges are manslaughter and not murder which would require a greater preponderance of evidence to support the contention that it was an act of homicide with malice aforethought, in general will not change until the laws by which the jury are to pay heed to are changed.

    That is, for good or ill, entirely on The People and their representatives, and not just in metropolitan areas but outstate as well. Otherwise such trials will continue to be little more than grim rituals ad infinitum, it is an exercise in futility to expect juries to not uphold their oaths which are sworn to the law, not to their subjective moral feelings. Within the context of a Republic that is the only way forward if lasting change is the goal, which it ought to be, but very few will do the actual work to that end. Metropolitan liberals will not move outstate to change the political demographics of rural counties, a necessary step towards electing those who would actually take on the police unions, because the jobs and amenities to which they are accustomed are scant there. The only stop-gap solution outside of that is pushing for liability insurance for police officers, such that complaints and questionable use of force incidents or indictments lead to their employment simply being untenable financially, which is something Mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds and Black Lives Matter activist has advocated here in Minneapolis for some time now.

  • Adan- by all means the author understands that Justine’s fiance considers her death as a murder as does an autopsy report. The big question is how did the shooting officer come to arrive his life was in such danger that they felt to take such dramatic action? The next question is why weren’t body or squad cameras turned on and how much does all of this reflect the notion that living within the United States is increasingly becoming a militant experience where people are made to understand in essence that their lives are indeed expendable ….

  • Adam Raymond Ravenhurst

    I’m not sure where the writer got the notion that Don referred to the death as murder. The link provided talks about him specifically calling it homicide- which is any death of a human being caused by a human being.