source: SouthWest Journal
published: 16 July 2018
Events in Fulton over the weekend marked the anniversary of the death of Justine Damond, who in June 2017 was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault.
Local officials, including Mayor Jacob Frey, joined neighbors Saturday to dedicate a bench overlooking Minnehaha Creek to the memory of Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, tossing pink flowers into the water.
On Sunday, members of Justice for Justine were joined by other local activists in a rally at the south end of the alley behind Damond’s former 51st & Washburn home, where they again called for police reforms and an end to officer-involved shootings.
Sarah Kuhnen of Justice for Justine described the anniversary as a “somber milestone” for those who knew Damond. She described Damond’s death as a “devastating blow” to the neighborhood.
It also galvanized a group of her neighbors. Justice for Justine has met almost weekly since Damond’s death, and its members say there is an urgent need to change law enforcement practices and policies that contribute to police shootings.