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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 10:22 AM

Justine Damond death: police union boss questions prosecutor's objectivity

Source: Australian Associated Press

Justine Damond death: police union boss questions prosecutor's objectivity

Lieutenant Kroll says the Minneapolis case should focus on the events leading to the tragic loss rather than the status of the person lost

Australian Associated Press
Friday 15 September 2017 04.57 BST

The Minneapolis police union boss has broken his silence, saying Officer Mohamed Noor, who shot Justine Damond dead in July, should not be charged simply on that basis that the Australian yoga instructor was a “fine young woman in a nice neighbourhood”.

In a letter published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lieutenant Bob Kroll has also alleged a lack of objectivity and professionalism on the part of the top prosecutor in the case, Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman, who will decide if Noor will be charged.

Freeman’s comments at a recent Minneapolis town hall meeting, where he was questioned by residents about the 15 July shooting that made headlines in the US and Australia, had raised the ire of the police union head.

“Freeman’s comments that ‘I’m saddened by the death of this fine young woman’ and that ‘it didn’t have to happen – it shouldn’t have happened’ show he is focusing on the status of the person lost rather than the events leading to a tragic loss,” Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, who has previously declined to comment on the shooting, wrote.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/15/justine-damond-death-police-union-boss-questions-prosecutors-objectivity

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