Some Nearly Missed News related to the July 2017 shooting of Aussie yoga teacher Christine Damond by Somali cop Mohamed Noor.
Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman has failed to meet his own deadline of making a charging decision on the case by the end of 2017 has now decided to kick that can down the road into 2018:
A decision on whether Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor should be charged in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond will be made sometime in 2018, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Thursday.
Freeman reversed several previous statements he had made that he would make a charging decision on the case before the end of the year. But he said Thursday that the investigation is not done and offered no timetable for when it will be completed. He said a team in his office continues to work on the case.
And in a somewhat strange and related story, a flowers & candles memorial to Damond was removed earlier this week because it was placed by an alleged white supremacist hate group:
White nationalists seized upon last summer’s fatal shooting of an Australian national in Minneapolis by a Somali police officer and placed a modest shrine outside a police precinct headquarters.
By the next day, however, the shrine was in tatters.
Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey released this statement late Sunday: “The action … outside the 5th Precinct was cowardly and disgusting. I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms. Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period.”