The victim was killed by a police officer 5 months ago, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he does not yet have enough evidence to file charges against the Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, saying investigators “haven’t done their job.”
Freeman made the comments during a union event after being confronted by activists, who recorded the interaction. They asked Freeman why it has taken so long for him to decide if Officer Mohamed Noor was justified in shooting and killing Damond on July 15, reported NBC.
Freeman blames the police for not doing their jobs while they were supposed to be investigating their co-worker’s crime.
“Fair question. I’ve got to have the evidence, and I don’t have it yet,” Freeman answered. “Let me just say it’s not my fault. So if it isn’t my fault, who didn’t do their job? Investigators. They don’t work for me. They haven’t done their job.”
Damond’s family was “deeply distressed and unhappy” following Freeman’s remarks, said Bob Bennett, the attorney representing the family.
“We expected a quality investigation that would be fair, complete and accurate, and apparently that hasn’t happened,” Bennett said.
Noor’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, claims the officer followed proper procedure by killing the unarmed woman in her pajamas after she called police.
Plunkett said, “this case is about an officer that followed procedure and training. This led to the death of a very fine person, which is a horrible tragedy but not a crime.
“Investigators gather evidence, they don’t create it. That is their job. I am concerned by any supplemental investigation — especially if it is directly overseen and influenced by the county attorney.”
Watch the video of activists speaking with Freeman below:
Noor shot and killed Damond on July 15, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault outside of her south Minneapolis home. Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, responded to the call. When she approached the squad, Noor, from the passenger’s seat, shot across Harrity in the driver’s seat, striking Damond in the abdomen.
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