source: Star Tribune
published: 9 December 2017
There are no new witnesses or new evidence; only two people know firsthand what happened, and only one of them has spoken to investigators.
And yet, months after he received the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into the July 15 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond by a Minneapolis police officer, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has not made a decision on whether that officer, Mohamed Noor, will face criminal charges.
Freeman continues to insist that he will make a decision before the end of the year, and Minneapolis’ new chief of police said he’s bracing for backlash no matter what Freeman decides.
“There’s going to be a reaction from certain segments in the community regardless of what decision is made,” said Chief Medaria Arradondo.
The death of Damond, an Australia native who was shot in the alley behind her home after she called 911 to report a possible assault, reverberated across the city and around the world.