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Rally planned for Justine Damond decision
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Rally planned for Justine Damond decision

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Tension is building in Minneapolis with groups including Justice for Justine and Black Lives Matter announcing a street rally will be held whether the police officer who shot dead Australian life coach Justine Damond is charged or not.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who will decide if Officer Mohamed Noor is charged, has indicated he will make a decision before the end of the year.

Mr Freeman has not signalled a specific date.
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Ms Damond's neighbours, friends and members of Justice for Justine and groups including Black Lives Matter, Blue Lies Matter and Communities United announced on Wednesday they will stage a rally on the day Mr Freeman makes the highly-anticipated decision or the following day.

The rally will be held at 6.30pm near Ms Damond's home on 50th St & Washburn Ave, Minneapolis.

Ms Damond, dressed in her pyjamas, was shot by Officer Noor after she called 911 just before midnight on July 15 to report a woman screaming in her affluent Minneapolis neighbourhood.
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Officer Noor was sitting in the front passenger seat of his police vehicle in the alley and when Ms Damond approached in the darkness he shot across his partner in the driver's seat, Officer Matthew Harrity, and out the car's window fatally striking the Australian in the stomach.

Somali-born Officer Noor has declined to be interviewed by investigators.

Family and friends of Ms Damond, formerly of Sydney, have called for Officer Noor to be charged for the shooting.
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