Theresa Graham is suing Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond. Courtesy: Nine News
Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond with partner Don Damond. Picture: Supplied
A WOMAN suing the US police officer who fatally shot Australian woman Justine Damond has accused him of breaking into her home and assaulting her.
Theresa Graham alleged Mohamed Noor and another officer forced their way into her house on May 25 this year after she called 911, according to Nine News. Ms Graham lives less than two-kilometres away from where Noor shot Ms Damond.
The retired social worker called police with reports there was a strange man smoking marijuana at the back of her house.
According to the Nine network, court documents showed Ms Graham alleged Noor snatched her phone before grabbing her by the arm and wrist so she couldn’t move.
Theresa Graham is suing Mohamed Noor. Picture: nineSource:Supplied
She is suing Noor for false imprisonment, assault, battery and negligence.
However, Ms Graham’s neighbours of 30 years have chosen to defend the police officer. One woman said she “calls the police a lot”.
Another said: “Something could have happened, but I think if it did she probably exaggerated it”.
Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot Justine Damond. Picture: City of Minneapolis via APSource:AP
FIANCE’S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO JUSTINE
Ms Damond’s fiance has set up a memorial fund to support the causes most close to the slain Aussie life coach’s heart.
An online fundraising page was set up on Sunday by Don Damond, the Minneapolis businessman she was to marry within weeks.
“Justine’s death was tragic and devastating to her family and friends as well as an entire community in the US as well in her homeland, Australia,” Mr Damond wrote on the Generosity.com page.
Don Damond and family members of Justine come out to greet protesters. Picture: Chris JuhnSource:News Corp Australia
Ms Damond- Ruszczyk was shot dead on July 15 after calling 911 to help a woman she believed was being sexually assaulted in the lane behind her home.
Attending officer Mohamed Noor killed her with a single shot from the front passenger seat of squad car 530 after hearing a loud noise as she approached their car. His lawyer is apparently attempting to build a defence that Noor and fellow Officer Matthew Harrity believed they were being “ambushed”, a claim her family has dismissed.
Justine Damond’s would-be stepson, Zach Damond, marches in front of the rally. Picture: Chris JuhnSource:News Corp Australia
“Justine lived her purpose of helping teach people about their full potential. She touched many souls as she reflected goodness, laughter and love in the world,” Mr Damond said.
“This fund is to help support a memorial fund for Justine and charitable causes supporting social justice that were important in her heart.”
Justine Damond was fatally shot after calling 911 for help. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
It came as a family spokesman shed light on plans for a public memorial for the 40 year old meditation teacher, animal rescuer and former vet. Mr Damond has engaged the services of an event planner for the event, which will be held in Minneapolis at a date to be determined in August.
Ms Damond-Ruszczyk’s final resting place has not yet been established, but the spokesman said Mr Damond and Ms Damond-Ruszczyk’s Sydney-based father John Ruszczyk were in regular contact.
“Don has at every step sought to respect and honour John,” he said.
There have been several marches and protests in Minneapolis over the past week, as the city reeled from its third highly controversial fatal police shooting in less than two years.
The fallout has already claimed police chief Janee Harteau, who resigned Friday local time after Mayor Betsy Hodges told her she had lost faith in her leadership.
Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau (centre) has resigned. Picture: Maria Alejandra Cardona/Minnesota Public Radio via APSource:AP
“And from the many conversations I’ve had with people around our city, especially this week, it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well,” Mayor Hodges said.
Protesters briefly took over Mayor Hodges’ press conference following Chief Harteau’s resignation, with many calling for the mayor herself to resign.
Angry protesters briefly took over the press conference. Picture: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via APSource:AP
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was shouted at by protesters during her press conference. Picture: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via APSource:AP
In this environment, the family spokesman said plans for Ms Damond-Ruszczyk’s memorial were being carefully considered.
“Don understands that there will be many, many people who want to come and honour Justine and her memory,” he said.
“So he is doing everything he can to make sure the event is appropriate.”
Minneapolis’ police chief has resigned and protests have broken out over the death of Justine Damond
Originally published as Woman suing Justine’s killer for ‘assault’
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