Justine Damond: $20m Compensation Given To Family Of Woman Shot Dead By Police

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a police officer has been promised $20m (£15.5m) in compensation by the US city of Minneapolis.

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Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached his patrol car to report a possible rape behind her Minneapolis home on 15 July 2017.

Ms Damond, 40, was unarmed and the former policeman was found guilty of her murder on Tuesday. Her family say they will donate $2m towards fighting gun violence.

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The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, said unprecedented circumstances played a role in the settlement, which is the highest the city in the state of Minnesota has ever paid out.

“There was not a clear threat before the use of force was made,” said Mr Frey. “This is not a victory for anyone, but rather a way for our city to move forward.” The Ruszczyk’s attorney, Robert Bennett, said the family was quietly satisfied with the settlement.

It would send “an unmistakable message to change the Minneapolis Police Department in ways that will help all of its communities,” he added. Noor, 33, is the first police officer in the city’s history to have been found guilty of murder for an on-duty shooting.

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