Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Minneapolis Police Officer Who Shot Australian Justine Damond Identified

U.S. cops are completely out of control, should be disbanded and vigilante justice substituted as a safer, effective alternative  

07/18/2017

The heartbroken husband-to-be of killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond has made an emotional statement about the loss of his fiance, saying his family is “utterly devastated."


Justine Ruszczyk Damond
Don Damond, 50, made the statement outside his Minneapolis home where his fiance, 40, was gunned down by a local police officer on Saturday night after calling 911 for help.

Mr Damond’s first public comments come as audio captured by Minneapolis emergency dispatch files reveals how quickly the shooting happened, and how police responded. Scratchy audio of the police radio conversation has been uploaded to a Minnesota website that monitors the state’s police scanners.


It captures the moments around the fatal shooting of the Australian spiritual healer and meditation coach.

A SHOT IN THE DARK

The police audio begins with the description of a “female screaming behind the building”, believed to be what Ms Damond told the dispatcher in her initial 911 call.

The officers are heard communicating with their dispatcher over the police radio, including calling for back-up.

Ms Damond, dressed in her pyjamas, reportedly approached the driver’s side window of the police car when it arrived in the alley and officer Noor shot across his partner at Ms Damond more than once from the passenger seat.

“Shots fired ... we have one down,” one of the officers says.


The tape then records their attempts to perform CPR on Ms Damond.

A mobile phone reportedly found near Ms Damond’s body raised the prospect police thought it was a gun. No weapons were found at the scene.




Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released a statement saying the investigation into Ms Damond’s death would be expedited.

“I want to acknowledge the pain and frustration that family and community members have following the fatal officer-involved shooting on Saturday night. This is clearly a tragic death,” she said.

“I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”

‘UTTERLY DEVASTATED’

The Sydney woman’s grieving partner revealed she had called 911 on Saturday when she heard noise in the alley behind the family home.

“Our hearts are broken and we are utterly devastated by the loss of Justine,” he said.


Don Damond is comforted by his son Zach.  Image: Jules Ameel

“As you know, it was Justine who called 911 on Saturday evening, reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault occurring nearby.”

Mr Damond was damning of police, saying the family have been provided with “almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived”.

“We’ve lost the dearest of people and we’re desperate for information,” he said.

“Sadly our family and I have been provided with absolutely no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived. We’ve lost the dearest of people and we are desperate for information. Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy.”

Mr Damond said Justine’s death was a loss to everyone who knew her.

“She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. She was a teacher to so many and living a life of openness, love and kindness,” he said.

“She was so kind and so darn funny. It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life.”

OFFICER IDENTIFIED

The Minneapolis Police Department officer who shot Ms Damond was identified as Mohamed Noor, who had little more than two years’ experience on the force.

Noor and his partner, whose cameras were not turned on during the shooting, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reports the partner, who did not fire any shots, as being officer Matthew Harrity.

Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and is the first Somali-American police officer assigned to the 5th Precinct in the southwest part of the city.


Mohamed Noor (center) fatally shot an Australian bride-to-be.  Image: Betsy Hodges

Noor’s lawyer, Tom Plunkett, confirmed Noor fired his weapon, killing Ms Damond, who was originally from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“We take this seriously with great compassion for all persons who are being touched by this,” Mr Plunkett said, according to CBS.

The Star Tribune reports Noor has been sued once for his involvement in a May 25, 2017 incident, where he and two other officers came to a woman’s home and took her to a hospital. The woman alleges this constituted false imprisonment and assault. Lawyers acting on behalf of the officers say they believed the woman was suffering a mental health crisis.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is conducting the investigation, said in a statement that “initial interviews with officers” still weren’t complete two days after the shooting.

The BCA said an autopsy has been conducted on Ms Damond’s body, adding their investigation “does not determine whether a law enforcement policy was violated”.

A FAMILY’S GRIEF

Ms Damond’s soon-to-be stepson, Zach Damond, was approached by local media outside his home on Monday.

When asked by Fox 9 what he’d like to say to Noor, he said: “Why? Why would you do this? He has no idea the impact that he has on thousands of people. No idea.”


Australian woman Justine Damond, pictured with fiance Don Damond and soon-to-be stepson Zach Damond, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis

“But I hope that he wakes up every single day and thinks about it. And then I hope that he thinks about how he can be a better person because that’s what she did every single day. And if you don’t do that, you’re not even living either.”

Don Damond, the vice president of Little Six Casino, was away on business when his partner was murdered and arrived at their home yesterday afternoon.

Earlier, Zach posted a poignant video about his “best friend”, who had previously spoken out about America’s gun culture.

“Basically my mum’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” he said.

“America sucks.”

TRIBUTES FLOW

On Monday morning, a steady stream of neighbours and friends arrived to lay flowers and tributes where Ms Damond was killed. Many expressed shock at the murder in their quiet middle class neighbourhood.

“This was not a woman who would have presented any kind of threat to police. She was a gentle, loving person,” said Joan Hargrave, who lived down the street and befriended Ms Damond a year ago through a shared love of dogs.

Laurie Engel, who lives across the street from the driveway where Ms Damond fell, said she didn’t hear a shot but watched in horror as police swarmed the area following the shooting.


Chalk messages and a sign left where Justine Damond was killed.  Image: Jules Ameel

“I was struck by the size of the body lying under the blanket there, I thought at first it must have been a child,” she said.

“It was only later that I realised it was Justine, and it was such a shock. She didn’t deserve this to happen.”

A crowd of more than 100 gathered at a vigil yesterday to remember the corporate speaker and meditation teacher, who moved from Sydney’s Northern Beaches three years ago and was to marry US businessman Don Damond, 50, next month.


“This woman was a beautiful light. She was a healer, she was loved, she should be alive — she should still be here,” said neighbour Bethany Bradley.

A family friend, who only wanted to be identified as Hannah, described the couple as “just so in love”.

COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Activists were among the mourners outside the Damond home yesterday, and they quickly linked her name with other high profile victims of police shootings.

Large love hearts were chalked onto the driveway near where Damond fell, with the names Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, whose killings at the hands of police sparked protests and marches.


Hannah, 21, said she was a friend of Zach’s and echoed the questions of many.

“I don’t know what she was doing out,” Hannah told the local Star Tribune newspaper.

“She’s such a kind woman. She took me in when I was in a tough situation and helped me with whatever I needed.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also questioned why the officers’ cameras weren’t filming and vowed to get answers on behalf of Damond.




“As mayor of our city, a wife, and a grandmother, I am heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night,” Mayor Hodges said at a press conference yesterday.

‘There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to.”




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As ASEAN Shifts East, ISIS Follows

CNN fake news aids, abets and rejoices at the spread of CIA/ISIS in ASEAN and must be viewed as a tool for the mystifying expansion of the inept, goat-herding McCain scum  

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By Tony Cartalucci
07/17/2017

Where US interests are threatened ISIS coincidentally appears, threatening those standing in the way. What is behind this increasingly transparent pattern of geopolitical coercion? 


As protracted warfare continues in southern Philippines between government forces and militants linked to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), fears that the US is leveraging the terrorist group far beyond Syria and Iraq where it was created are rising. Nations opposing or obstructing US interests beyond America’s borders now find themselves likely targets of this covert form of armed coercion. The United States is increasingly at odds with nations and political orders across Southeast Asia it had once counted among its closest allies in the region. 


Included is Thailand, a nation of nearly 70 million people, who as of 2014, ousted a US-backed client regime in a bloodless military coup.

Since then, Bangkok has definitively shifted further away from Washington’s influence, toward Beijing, Moscow, and virtually any other nation-state that can provide Thailand with alternatives to Washington’s monopoly on geopolitical, economic, and military influence.




Much of Thailand’s military inventory – for decades consisting of US hardware – is now being replaced by a combination of Russian, Chinese, European, and even domestically developed weapon systems. These include orders of Chinese main battle tanks, Russian helicopters, Swedish warplanes, and both armored personnel carries and rocket artillery systems developed by local industry.

More recently, Thailand sealed a significant arms deal with China for the purchase of the Kingdom’s first modern submarines. In total, three submarines will be bought, enhancing Thailand’s naval capabilities across the region – and more specifically – drawing the navies of Thailand and China closer together in both technical and strategic cooperation.

Following Thailand, is a number of other nations including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and even to certain degrees, Myanmar and Vietnam.


Ready to combat ISIS: Indonesia's elite anti-terror squad Detachment 88

As Thailand and other members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pivot East, the US has predictably increased pressure on these states through the use of US-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as well as opposition parties created, backed, and directed by Washington.

In nations like Myanmar where the ruling party is already a long-supported US client regime, pressure is placed upon it through the exploitation of human rights advocacy when it is perceived by Washington to be tilting too far in Beijing’s favor.

As these methods of coercion become increasingly futile, the US has also pursued more direct means of coercion – terrorism.




US-Linked Terrorism in Southeast Asia 

In 2015, when Thailand refused to heed US demands to allow Chinese citizens wanted for terrorism to travel onward to Turkey where they would inevitably join US-backed efforts to overthrow the government of neighboring Syria, terrorists detonated a bomb in the center of Bangkok leaving 20 dead and many more maimed. Even Western analysts concluded the likely culprits were members the Turkish Grey Wolves front, created by NATO and cultivated as a means of asymmetrical warfare by the United States itself for decades.

Also increasing across ASEAN is the presence of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS.




As Indonesia continues its own pivot East, it has been targeted by terrorists allegedly from ISIS. An attack in Jakarta in 2016 followed the nation’s decision to favor Chinese firms in the construction of additional national railway systems.

More recently, Malaysian security forces disrupted an alleged ISIS terror cell operating on both sides of the Thai-Malaysian border.

In the Philippines, ISIS violence has transcended mere terrorist attacks and has manifested itself as protracted warfare over the fate of Marawi City in the nation’s south.

And while US and European media sources openly admit the expanding presence of ISIS in Asia – they categorically fail to point out the otherwise illogical nature of how they explain this expansion.


ISIS ASEAN transplant methodology ignored by CNN fake news and MSM - with good reason

ISIS is State Sponsored Terror, But Which States? 

ISIS is – according to Western narratives – inexplicably able to maintain its fighting capacity in Syria and Iraq against a coalition consisting of Syrian and Iraqi government forces, backed by Iran, Russia, and auxiliary forces drawn from Lebanon-based front, Hezbollah. ISIS is also inexplicably able to project its militancy internationally – carrying out attacks worldwide, and building increasingly capable militant cells across Southeast Asia.

According to Western narratives, ISIS is doing this with funding drawn from hostage ransoms, black market oil, and meager revenue from “taxation” of its quickly shrinking territorial holdings in Syria and Iraq.

In reality, however, ISIS would not exist without constant and significant multinational state sponsorship. To answer which nations are providing ISIS sponsorship, one needs only to read the United States’ own intelligence reports.


ISIS Chief Financial Officer John Brennan
The United States' own Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in a 2012 report that revealed ongoing plans by an American led axis to create what it at the time called a “Salafist” (Islamic) “principality” (State).

In the DIA’s leaked 2012 report (.pdf) it stated (emphasis added):

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).


Bombed into oblivion in Syria by the RFAF, CIA/ISIS thugs are evacuated to Libya and ASEAN

To clarify just who these “supporting powers” were that sought the creation of a “Salafist” (Islamic) principality” (State), the DIA report explains (emphasis added):

The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.

Leaked e-mails from presidential candidate and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also revealed senior US political leaders assigning blame for the state sponsorship of ISIS on America’s closest Middle Eastern allies, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.





…we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to [ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.

If ISIS is being used as a proxy by the US and its allies to coerce – even overthrow – the government of Syria and wage proxy war on Russia, Iran, and their regional allies, it stands to reason that ISIS’ sudden presence in Southeast Asia as nations there increasingly pivot away from Washington is no mere “coincidence.”

ISIS finds itself in Southeast Asia because America’s “pivot” to Asia has unfolded as a stumble, even a retreat. Despite bold declarations of primacy over Asia, the US has found itself in an increasingly bitter struggle with not only Beijing, but a number of nations seeking to rebalance power across Asia Pacific in favor of the nations actually residing in Asia Pacific.




Waning American Influence Brings Waxing American Subversion 

Just like a waning American influence in the Middle East has triggered regional attempts by Washington to destabilize, divide, and destroy what it cannot influence and exploit, a similar campaign is underway in Asia Pacific. US meddling extends from the Korean Peninsula, to the South China Sea, across Southeast Asia, and even beyond to the mountains of Afghanistan and the western-most borders of China. The common denominator is conflict – either threatened or incrementally unfolding – either between states the US attempts to pit against one another, or internally between indigenous political institutions and those sponsored by and for Washington.

Understanding and exposing Washington’s use of terrorism as a means of geopolitical coercion and expediency is the first step in removing this abhorrent tool from Washington’s bag of geopolitical tricks. 




If each and every time ISIS or an associated terrorist organization carries out an attack, it only further implicates Washington and its counterproductive role in the region, it will only make America’s retreat from Asia Pacific that much faster and absolute.

What will be left for Washington is a quickly closing window of opportunity to reestablish its ties with Asian states on equitable terms respecting national sovereignty and ending the concept of “American primacy” anywhere but within America’s own borders.




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