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Damond family: Hoping for open process in charging decision

Posted September 13

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Damond in Minneapolis. Damond was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor on July 15, 2017 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. The investigation in the case of Noor has been handed over to prosecutors for possible charges, investigators and prosecutors announced Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

— The Australian family of a woman who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer says they are hoping for a "transparent" process as a prosecutor considers charges in the case.

Justine Ruszczyk (ROOS'-chehk) Damond was shot July 15, minutes after she had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Officer Mohamed Noor has not talked publicly about the case and declined to be interviewed by state investigators.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turned its findings over to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Tuesday. Freeman has said he expects to decide on charges before the end of the year.

A statement from Damond's family in Australia says they "trust that the Hennepin County Attorney's determination will be based on an astute assessment of the facts." They say they are hoping for justice for Damond.


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