Monday, July 17, 2017

Australian Woman killed by police in Minnesota, that she called to report a crime...

via Heavy.
Justine Damond – the name she used professionally – was in her pajamas speaking with a police officer who was in the driver’s seat of a police vehicle that responded to her call when the officer in the passenger side allegedly “pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door,” The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting through three sources. The officers’ body cameras were not turned on.

The officer who shot Damond was named by KTSP-TV as Mohamed Noor, the first Somali-American police officer in his precinct. Damond was shot multiple times, the television station reported. Noor, 31, had only been on the force since 2015.

Justine was engaged to marry Don Damond, who is vice president and manager of Little Six Casino in Minnesota. On LinkedIn, Justine defined herself as a “Speaker, Coach & Consultant for Neuroscience & Meditation Based Change Initiatives.”
Story here. 

This incident will be instructive and informative.

1.  Many take the stance that the police do no wrong.  They instinctively defend police even when its obvious that they had an "oh shit" moment.  How they react to this will be interesting.

2.  The flipside will also be interesting.  The minority communities sometimes instinctively protest police shootings even when its obvious that police just ran into a bad guy.  Will they be quiet?

I've had the suspicion that police shootings aren't based in right or wrong but totally racial in nature.

This woman's unfortunate death will yank back the current on these types of incidents.  Is it all about race?  Does race play a part in this?  Will police supporters still support them when they see a young white lady killed in a questionable shooting?  Will BLM even do a press release supporting the victim?  Will the NRA do a press release supporting police?  What will the police union do?  Does the officer being of Somali origin play any role in this?

This will be an uncomfortable but quite welcome examination of American culture.

Popcorn?  Hell no.  I think we're all gonna need a VERY stiff drink to take in what we're undoubtedly about to learn.

Sidenote:  I just had a disturbing thought.  What if this was a terror attack?  We know the Somali community has been deeply penetrated by ISIS.  What if this guy was inspired to kill...while wearing a badge?

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