Oct. 28, 2021

Episode 134 True Crime: The Killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond


In the premiere, we met a few of Michelle’s students, including two Somali students. The metro area of Minneapolis has one of the highest Somali populations in the world (outside of East Africa). Will Danielle be giving us Minnesota stories all season long, probably!

Danielle tells Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s story. Justine was originally from Australia, living on the south side of Minneapolis. Justine was doing what a good neighbor does and was reporting a potential crime in her neighborhood. They say, see something, say something; so she did. Somali Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor and his partner arrived on the scene and shot Justine outside of her home, claiming they heard a noise that startled them and thought that Justine was the perpetrator.

This case occurred in 2017, prior to the murder of George Floyd, and it touches on officer-involved shootings, race, the Somali immigrant population in Minneapolis, and the policies and procedures of deadly force. (Story starts at: 12:15)

CONTENT WARNING: OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

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