Right Wingers Celebrated Cops Killing Unarmed Blacks, Now Australian Woman’s Death Is An Outrage

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My late priest’s Italian mother said it best many years ago, when we were discussing how the Vatican was apathetic about the rapes of little kids by pedophile priests. “Power corrupts, Tommy, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Right wing racists were celebrating every time a black person was shot in America. Many unarmed, one even choked to death, which caused former President George W. Bush to speak out, calling Eric Gardner’s death “murder.” I know people who defended that psychopath in South Carolina who gunned down an unarmed black man from behind.  I warned all of you, corruption in our police will not remain just in minority and poor white areas. The corruption and abuse will spread, it was the same as the KKK. White Southerners laughed off blacks being raped, lynched and crosses being burned on their yards and churches being burned down. But the KKK didn’t stop there, they began doing the same to Southern whites, that’s when America decided 100 years after their formation, that they were a terrorist group.   Not all police are bad, but they have the same responsibility if not more, to reject those within their ranks that are bad. And until that’s done, this situation will only get worse.
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Following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota,  the story of Justine Damond’s death led news sites back home, where friends demanded a federal investigation, and relatives were left searching for answers — and justice.

 

“We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare, but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more,” Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We went down to Freshy Beach this morning and saw the blackness change to light. Justine was a beacon to all of us, we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death.”

 

Damond (nee Justine Ruszczyk) moved from Sydney to Minneapolis several years ago and was planning to marry her fiance, Don Damond, in the coming weeks. But the 40-year-old bride-to-be, who had already taken her fiance’s last name, was fatally shot Saturday night after she reportedly called 911 about a possible assault in the alley behind her home on the city’s southwest side.

 

After police arrived, an officer opened fire, fatally striking Damond, authorities in Minnesota said. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the Hennepin County medical examiner said Monday night, adding that her death has been ruled a homicide. “This is clearly a tragic death,” the Minneapolis police chief said in promising an independent investigation.

 

“Basically, my mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” the slain woman’s stepson-to-be, Zach Damond, said in a video posted to Facebook. “I’m so done with all this violence. It’s so much bull—-.

 

“America sucks. These cops need to get trained differently. I need to move out of here.”

 

Nearly 9,000 miles away, in Australia — where lawmakers have passed some of the world’s most restrictive gun-control laws — people were struggling to make sense of Damond’s death.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AFP
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