Earlier today, we joined Justice for Justine Damond Ruszczyk, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Black Lives Matter MN, CAIR-MN, and Take a Knee Nation at a press conference in a unified front to demand answers as to why County Attorney Mike Freeman is taking so long to come to a decision to charge MPD officer Mohamed Noor.
The BCA completed it’s investigation on September 12, 2017 and handed it over to Mike Freeman’s office. When Justine was killed, we heard calls from the Mayor and the Chief to expedite the process. Nearly half a year later, that urgency has vanished into thin air like the smokescreen that it was.
Mike Freeman took about half as much time to decide what to do in the #JamarClark case. And in Ramsey County, his counterpart, John Choi took 49 days to decide he would bring charges against Jeronimo Yanez, who discharged his firearm 7 times at point blank range during a traffic stop; killing #PhilandoCastile and nearly striking the 4 year old girl in the back seat.
For nearly half a year, we have requested that the decision come well before the holiday season. That request seems to have been ignored. And Freeman continues to say he will make the announcement at the end of the year.
We expect manslaughter charges, and systemic reformation of the justice system that allows cops to murder citizens with zero consequences. Anything less is outright disrespectful and indicative that the whole damn system is truly guilty. We hope you make the right choice, Mr. Freeman.