- The attorney for the family of Justine Damond, a white Australian woman shot and killed by Minneapolis police on Saturday, said Thursday that Damond was “the most innocent victim” of a police shooting he has ever seen, according to the Star Tribune.
- “I’m not saying Philando [Castile] wasn’t innocent too, or that Frank Baker wasn’t innocent,” Twin Cities attorney Robert Bennett, who represented Baker and the Castile family in police violence cases, said.
- “But here is someone who called the police and was trying to stop someone from being hurt … and ends up being shot in her pajamas.”
- Damond was shot when she approached the driver’s side window of a patrol car after calling the police to report a possible assault near her home, reports ABC News. Mohamed Noor reportedly shot Damond after his partner was startled by a loud noise outside the car.
- But the “most innocent” moniker has rubbed some observers the wrong way. Read more (7/21/17)
- On Thursday, hundreds of people rallied in honor of Justine Damond, an Australian-born woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer.
- Valerie Castile, whose son Philando was fatally shot by a local police officer, was among those marching in Damond’s neighborhood.
- At the march, Valerie Castile, accompanied by John Thompson, Philando’s best friend, comforted Damond’s fiancé and his family by offering support for them and the community.
- “We’re just here to support the family,” she told CBS Minnesota. “That’s all.”Protesters chanted phrases heard commonly throughout Black Lives Matter rallies. Among them were: “No justice. No peace. Prosecute the police” and “The people united will never be defeated.” Read more (7/21/17)