Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Responds to Damond Shrine Assembled by White Nationalists

December 25, 2017 08:21 AM

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey condemned the white nationalists who assembled a shrine for Justine Damond on Friday.

The shrine was assembled by Identity Evropa after continued controversy surrounding Damond's officer-involved shooting death.

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On Friday, Identity Evropa created the shrine outside the 5th Precinct with a photo of Damond, flowers and a sign that read "United We Stand," with "Identity Evropa," right underneath. By Saturday the shrine was vandalized, leaving officers clearing it from the sidewalk.

RELATED: BCA Responds to Damond Family's Concerns: We are Committed to a Fair Probe

Identity Evropa calls itself a "generation of Europeans," but The Southern Poverty Law Center considers it a hate group.

Frey released the following statement late Sunday night:

"The action taken this weekend outside the 5th Precinct was cowardly and disgusting. I condemn the perpetrators and their tactics in the strongest possible terms. Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period."

Damond was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor in July, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman hasn't decided whether he'll face charges.

RELATED: Prosecutor: Not Enough Evidence Yet in Damond Shooting

Without his knowledge Freeman was recorded at a holiday party. When a group asked about the looming decision, he said "I got to have the evidence and I don't have it yet."

Freeman went on to place fault on investigators at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. When the video went public, he apologized.

"I was wrong to discuss the agency's work and what discussions we were having internally at the Hennepin County Attorney's Office," Freeman said.

RELATED: Freeman Apologizes for Criticizing BCA's Efforts in Damond Investigation

Damond's family in Australia was quick to respond. John Ruszczyk, Damond's father, said he was deeply concerned the investigation wasn't done properly or completely.

"We expect them to fill any gaps in the BCA's work honestly and fairly, but completely," Ruszczyk said. "We will we will wait patiently while this occurs, but insist that this investigation be done and be done right."

RELATED: Damond's Family Expresses Concern About Investigation

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