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City of Minneapolis agrees $20 million settlement with Justine Damond's family

The 40-year-old was killed by a city police officer, who was found guilty of murder.

The City of Minneapolis has reached a $20 million settlement with the family of Justine Damond, who was shot dead by city police officer Mohamed Noor in July 2017.

The settlement was announced by Mayor Jacob Frey and the city council on Friday, with $18 million of the money going to Damond's family.

The remaining $2 million will go towards the Minneapolis Foundation's Fund for Safe Communities.

It comes after Noor was found guilty this week of second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder in the killing of the 40-year-old in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.

FOX 9 reporter Paul Blume notes that this is the largest settlement in the city's history, with the previous high a $4.5 million settlement for police misconduct in 2007.

City council member Andrea Jenkins said that Damond's shooting has led to widespread changes in the Minneapolis Police Department, not least new leadership in the form of chief Medaria Arradondo, and new body-worn camera policies.

While it was an "unprecedented case," Jenkins noted that "this tragedy, as unfortunate as it was, happens far too often in our communities."

"Public safety and police trust must be our utmost concern moving forward," she added.

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