Attorney: Justine Damond Is ‘The Most Innocent Victim’ Of a Police Shooting He Has Seen

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Those who want to blame every single black person who has ever been shot by police for their own death have finally gotten their perfect victim: a white woman named Justine Damond. A lawyer representing the family of the Australian native who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer said Thursday that Damond is “the most innocent victim” of a police shooting that he has ever seen.

Robert Bennett is the attorney who was hired by Damond’s family earlier this week, and he told the Minnesota Star Tribune that the family is seeking justice for Damond, 40, who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault.
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“It’s quite clearly an improper use of deadly force on someone who it is impossible for me to conceive of as a threat to anyone,” Bennett told the Star Tribune Thursday. “I mean she saved ducklings out of the sewer, for God’s sakes.”

Bennett is not unfamiliar with cases involving police misconduct. He worked with the family of Philando Castile in getting a settlement over his shooting death in Falcon Heights, Minn., last year by former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and he represented Frank Baker who was bitten by a police dog and kicked by a St. Paul police officer last year.

“I’m not saying Philando wasn’t innocent too, or that Frank Baker wasn’t innocent,” Bennett said. “But here is someone who called the police and was trying t0 stop someone from being hurt … and ends up being shot in her pajamas.”

While Bennett may very well have the best intentions at heart, the meaning behind his words is there if you read between the lines.

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  • Doug Thomsen

    way to divert the issue to your cause, NOt what a jerk

  • Jeff Hutchins

    So you’re (the author) a fucking douche bag. Turning this story to fit your agenda. The Root is a fucking joke website. Why don’t you come over here and choke on my nut sack.