source: NBC News
published: 3 May 2019
The city of Minneapolis agreed to a $20 million settlement with the family of a woman shot dead by a police officer who was convicted of murder, lawmakers announced on Friday.
The settlement came just three days after jurors convicted the former officer, Mohamed Noor, of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, slaying of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the United States and Australia.
Damond, 40, called 911 believing she had heard a sexual assault or rape in an alley next to her house. But when Noor and partner Matthew Harrity drove up to Damond’s home, they mistook her as a threat and Noor opened fire on her. There was no evidence found of a sexual assault.
The family filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city, an action that was put on hold pending the result of the criminal trial. Settlement talks began just after the verdict was reached, City Council President Lisa Bender said.
“We know that no amount of money can heal the pain that the Ruszczyk family or any family that has lost a loved one in this way,” Bender told reporters. “It is our continued commitment to work together, with our community, to demand and support change to policing.”