Wow! That sure was a fast settlement! Why was that?
Well, it seems the family was suing for $50 million and no matter what the mayor says, I think the city saw that it could be a lot worse for them and cut a quick deal.
There is one strange part of the arrangement that allows anti-gun advocates to reap some of the ‘reward.’
Here is the story at WCTI-12,
Minneapolis to pay $20M to family of 911 caller slain by cop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman shot by a police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday — a move that comes just three days after the former officer was convicted of murder.
The settlement reached with the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, is believed to be the largest stemming from police violence in the state of Minnesota. It’s believed that Mohamed Noor is the first Minnesota officer to be convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting.
Asked about the amount and speed of the settlement, Mayor Jacob Frey cited Noor’s unprecedented conviction, as well as the officer’s failure to identify a threat before he used deadly force.
Bob Bennett, an attorney for Damond’s family in Australia, called the settlement amount “transformational” and said it “serves as a marker for future transgressions.” [I see the transgression as the eagerness by the politically correct PD to hire an ‘ethnic’ police officer who clearly was unfit for the job!—ed]
Damond’s family had filed a lawsuit against the city and police leaders seeking more than $50 million, alleging her civil rights were violated.
So, what the heck is this! Some non-profit that opposes “gun violence” gets $2 million! For what? The only gun violence here was at the hands of an unqualified police officer!
The settlement, which will be paid by the city’s self-insurance fund, calls for Damond’s family to donate $2 million to a local foundation’s fund aimed at addressing gun violence. City leaders commended the family for addressing the broader issue of police violence, particularly affecting communities of color.
I actually feel sorry for Noor because he clearly was not capable of doing the job (mental instability?), but was given it with much fanfare due to the eagerness of white politically-correct elected officials who were busy virtue-signalling!
By the way, for new readers, see RRW for dozens and dozens of stories about how Minneapolis became ‘Little Mogadishu’ thanks to the US State Department Refugee Admissions Program. I wrote for over 11 years at RRW about this topic!