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Justine Damond 'shrine' created by white supremacist group disposed of by Minneapolis police

Minneapolis police got rid of the memorial, which was placed outside a precinct.

The Essentials

1. A "European heritage" group that's been labeled an alt-right and white supremacist organization placed a memorial for Justine Damond outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 5th Precinct on Friday. A tweet from the group also includes misinformation (corrected in a follow-up) about whether the officer who shot Damond, Mohamed Noor, will be charged. 

2. MPR reports the shrine was dismantled by the police department, with a spokesperson telling MPR police can't allow "anything like that" to be put up outside the precinct. Mayor-to-be Jacob Frey also condemned the group and the memorial.

3. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he expects to give an update on the status of possible charges in Damond's shooting death before the New Year. He was recently recorded saying he didn't have enough evidence yet to file charges, pointing the finger at investigators. 

What Else You Should Know

The group responsible for the shrine is Identity Evropa, a relatively new outfit that emerged from the alt-right, white nationalist surge.

Their own language avoids any explicit mentions of race, using phrases such as "a fraternal organization for people of European heritage located in the United States," or "awakened Europeans."

But the Southern Poverty Law Center says any softer language used is an optics strategy, a way to obfuscate the group's actual purpose: It is a white supremacist organization.

Identity Evropa and its founder were "intimately involved" in the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, KQED reported. They also led a campaign to recruit college students, The Guardian reported, by having supporters put up posters that read "Our Destiny is Ours" or "Serve Your People."

The Anti-Defamation League tracks the actions of the group (which is still pretty small). It includes participation in anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rallies, using the internet to spread its hateful messages, and frequently hanging banners in major cities (including in Minnesota) with its coded white nationalist language. 

"Theirs is a movement characterized by hate, dressed up by a veneer of acceptability in the form of sleek websites and hipster haircuts," wrote The Tab, which described the founders as "neo-Nazis" that are "trying to ... bring their white supremacist message to your college campus."

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