Bride-to-Be, #JustineDamond,  Calls 911 & Ends Up Dead

Justine Damond, Facebook

Justine Damond, a 40 year-old yoga and meditation instructor, was just a few weeks away from getting married. This should have been one of the happiest times in her life, yet it turned tragic near midnight on Saturday when she called the police reporting that she heard a noise in an alleyway behind her home. 

According to the New York Daily News, she met the police outside while wearing her pajamas and that’s when things went south. An officer in the police car shot and killed unarmed Damond. 

A blonde-haired, white woman is not your average case of police brutality in America, as we have seen unarmed black men and women killed over and over again and not one cop convicted or held accountable for it. 

Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, and most recently DeJuan Guillory are just a few of those black men and women who died at the hands of those who were sworn in to “protect and serve”. 

Apparently, the police car’s dash camera did not capture the moments that lead to Daymond’s death and the officer’s body camera’s were shut off. 

According to KARE, the officer who pulled the trigger was Mohamed Noor, who came to the United States from Somali at a young age and joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015.

Noor’s lawyer, Tom Plunkett, issued a statement.

No details have been given at this time as to why the police felt it was necessary to shoot Damond. She Was known for being a spiritual healer and was from Australia, but had relocated to Minneapolis.
Both of the officers involved are on paid administrative leave which isn’t a surprise compared to the similar brutalities listed above. 

A report by NBC News stated that Daymond’s family issued the following statement:

“This is a very difficult time for our family. We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened,” read the statement. 

Don Damond, told reporters Monday that he and the Ruszczyk (Damond’s real last name) family were heartbroken.

While families and friends of Damond are looking for answers, people have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts.

https://twitter.com/anthonyrockj/status/886938899263758336

Right is right and wrong is wrong regardless of race, gender, or status. This instance keeps reoccurring across the country and must come to an end because too many lives are being taken by those who are supposed to be there to help us, not kill us. 

UPDATE The audio transcripts of Damond’s 911 calls have been released: 

http://www.fox9.com/news/268861697-story
Share your thoughts below or tag @iamashleyalove with updates. 

We demand JUSTICE for #PhilandoCastile! 

According to NPR.org…

After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty of all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn.

That black man was 32 year old cafeteria worker, Philando Castile, who was driving home with his girlfriend and 4 year old daughter when police Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled them over. 

“Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the car,” Minnesota Public Radio’s Matt Sepic reported.

Castile’s Girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds went live on Facebook during the deadly shooting. Clips from the video are below. Beware because it is gruesome. 

“The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all,” Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, told reporters after the verdict. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away. … I’m mad as hell right now.”

Many are outraged at this outright injustice, including myself. When is enough, enough? This is not even close to the first time a police officer has killed a black person and got off with no repercussions and no justice. 

……….

#PhilandoCastile = No Conviction

#SandraBland = No Conviction

#EricGarner = No Conviction

#MikeBrown = No Conviction

#TamirRice = No Conviction

#FreddieGray = No Conviction

#AmadouDiallo = No Conviction

#TrayvonMartin = No Conviction

#JohnCrawford III = No Convocation 

And (!!!) this is a partial list. Now, talk to me about how All Lives Matter. I’ll wait.

……….

The above list was shared on Facebook and is only the shortlist of black people killed by police officers in recent years. It is a damn shame that this is happening over and over and the police officers 👮 are getting off.

I posted this tweet earlier this evening and I believe it with all my might. Had Philando been white, we wouldn’t be talking about this right now because he would have made it out of the car alive. 

I truly believe Philando was murdered. Point. Blank. Period. Someone please tell me what he did to be shot in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter? Comply? Be polite? Tell the officer upfront he had a gun? 

And where the hell is the NRA in all of this. No comments, not a peep from them…Go figure! 


Many others also took to Twitter to share their disgust about the jury’s decision to acquit Yanez of the murder of Philando Castile and the system of oppression that allows for this repeated injustice. Here are just a few of the reactions: 

Currently, on the evening of the jury’s decision, Many people are marching in memory of #PhilandoCastile and for justice in Minnesota.

https://twitter.com/blacknewsoutlet/status/875892657091903489

People need to speak up and stand up against injustice all the time, not just when it’s a trending hashtag. Justice must be demanded and we must not back down. 

Moving forward, what are your thoughts on how we can handle/prevent racial injustice from happening? Any ideas on how we can come together to make a change in the future? Comment below. 

It’s in our hands now because the justice system is broken and one-sided.