Family of Justine Damond to file civil rights lawsuit Monday

The family’s civil lawsuit alleges former officer Mohamed Noor conspired with his partner to hide what really happened

Family of Justine Damond to file civil rights lawsuit Monday

Her Sydney-based father has launched the $US50 million legal action.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Justine Damond, 40, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor in June 2017 after Noor and his partner responded to Damond's 911 call of a possible assault in an alley behind her home.

Ms Ruszczyk was shot dead by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor as she approached his police vehicle to report a suspected rape in progress on July 15 a year ago.

She was given CPR by the officers but died at the scene.

The statement continued: "We want the Minneapolis police culture to be reformed in such a way and to the extent necessary to stop such senseless acts from happening again and again".

"The outcome is that certain MPD officers are ill-prepared, ill-equipped and unfit to perform obvious and recurring duties of police officers, including the use of force and the use of deadly force", the lawsuit says. Citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Noor has not given his account of the shooting to investigators.

The suit also referenced their age - Mr Noor was 32, Mr Harrity was 25 - and called them "inexperienced officers who appear, by their conduct, unfit for duty".

The father of Australian life coach Justine Damond Ruszczyk has given an emotional explanation as to why his family is seeking more than $US50million ($67m) in a U.S. civil lawsuit for the fatal police shooting of his daughter in Minneapolis.

The family has hired USA lawyer Bob Bennett, a specialist in representing victims of police shootings in Minnesota.

Noor was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after he shot the 40-year-old life coach who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault outside her home
Justine Damond's family files $67m lawsuit over police shooting

The family's attorney, Bob Bennett, filed a Section 1983 civil rights complaint in federal court regarding the fatal shooting of Damond, asking for $50 million in damages for the numerous claims in the suit.

"That's unheard of", he said.

"We have evidence of the blue wall of silence", he said.

The lawsuit also claims Noor and his partner conspired to cover up the facts surrounding the shooting.

The lawsuit alleges the Minneapolis police department's problems are systemic.

"If you get spooked like Harrity says without being able to articulate any reason for that, you're in the wrong job", Bennett said.

The suit also says the city had cut back on testing to determine whether officers were fit for duty. They say there's no evidence Noor encountered a threat that justified deadly force. "Meanwhile, serious criminal charges are now pending against Mohamed Noor, and it's critically important that the criminal case be allowed to proceed through trial without interference", Segal said in a statement.

'When we got here we experienced this handsome sunrise and Justine, because of her senseless killing, will never see the sunrise or hear the kookaburras again'.

After the shooting, Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau said "Justine didn't have to die" and the shooting "should not have happened".

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