US city of Minneapolis compensate family with $20m

The US city of Minneapolis has pledged to compensate the family of an Australian woman who was shot dead by a police officer with $20m.

Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond on her way to his car to make a report of a possible rape behind her Minneapolis home on 15 July 2017.

Ms Damond, who was just turned 40 years of age, was unarmed. The former policeman when taken to court was found guilty of her murder on Tuesday.

Her family say they will map out $2m towards fighting gun violence.

The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, in a statement said that unprecedented circumstances played a role in the settlement, which is the highest the city in the state of Minnesota has ever paid out.

“There was not a clear threat before the use of force was made,” said Mr Frey. “This is not a victory for anyone, but rather a way for our city to move forward.”

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