A white supremacist group honored Australian-American citizen Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was shot and killed by Somali Officer Mohamed Noor in July, by erecting a memorial outside the Minneapolis Police Department headquarters.
According to Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder, an officer took down the memorial. “We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location,” Elder told a local radio station.
Identity Evropa, a Northern Californian white nationalist group, took credit for the memorial Friday. The group posted pictures of the memorial on Twitter with a caption reading: “One family will be having an incomplete Christmas this year. On Friday, Identity Evropa activists created a shrine for Justine Damond at the 5th Precinct in Minneapolis, MN, where her Somali-born killer — whom a judge recently decided not to charge — was assigned.”
The memorial to Damond consisted of a framed portrait of her, candles, roses and signs reading, “United We Stand.” The Star Tribune reported that only the extinguished candles remained on Saturday night after police confiscated the memorial material.
Along with Elder, Minneapolis’ mayor-elect Jacob Frey condemned the memorial: “I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms. Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period.”
Identity Evropa aided in the organization of participants in the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier in August.
One family will be having an incomplete Christmas this year.
On Friday, Identity Evropa activists created a shrine for Justine Damond at the 5th Precinct in Minneapolis, MN, where her Somali-born killer – whom a judge recently decided not to charge – was assigned. pic.twitter.com/bzPntJq0aO
— IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) December 23, 2017
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