Report: Woman slapped Minneapolis police car before she was shot

In an interview with investigators last week, one of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk said he was startled by a “loud sound” near the squad car.

Immediately after that loud sound, Ruszczyk approached the driver’s side window of the car and was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor, according to investigators.

A recently revealed search warrant may explain the source of that startling sound: a slap.

A woman presumed to be Ruszczyk was killed after she slapped the back of the police car, according to a search warrant obtained from Hennepin County District Court by Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension used the warrant to search the area where the shooting happened, Minnesota Public Radio said.

“Upon police arrival, a female ‘slaps’ the back of the patrol squad,” the search warrant states, according to Minnesota Public Radio. “After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley.”

The new detail may help explain what led to the July 15 fatal shooting of Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian bride-to-be. Ruszczyk had called 911 about 11:30 p.m. on that Saturday night and asked police to investigate a possible sexual assault in the alley near her residence.

A police squad car with officers Michael Harrity and Mohamed Noor arrived on the scene. Less than 30 minutes later, Ruszczyk died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

A number of questions remain about what happened in those moments. The officers’ body cameras were not turned on and the shooting was not captured on the squad car camera, investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.

The shooting has roiled the Minneapolis Police Department, caused outrage in the United States and in Australia and led to the resignation of the department’s police chief.

“This should not have happened,” former police Chief Janeé Harteau said. “On our squad cars, you will find the words: ‘To protect with courage and serve with compassion.’ This did not happen.”

Harrity and Noor are on standard administrative leave during the investigation.

Harrity, who was driving the vehicle, spoke with investigators on July 18. Noor has declined to be interviewed by investigators and his attorney did not provide clarification on when or if an interview would be possible.

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Mango’s owner accuses neighbor of stealing towels

The battle over the future of Ocean Drive, the South Beach nightlife Mecca, is pitting at least two businesses against each other.

“I saw my neighbor coming into my property and stealing towels,” Mango’s Tropical Cafe owner David Wallack said.

Wallack has a surveillance video from July 12 that he said shows neighboring hotel owner Mitch Novick, shirtless, walking into his storeroom and walking out, after having stolen a handful of dirty towels.

“I think he should be arrested for committing a felony,” Wallack said.

If Novick’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the outspoken hotel owner who has posted his own videos of shenanigans and crimes that took place right outside his window.

Novick has said establishments such as Mango’s are the problem on Ocean Drive. He said they are loud and they breed crime and violence. 

Police aren’t naming Novick as a person of interest in this incident, but do say they have opened an investigation and are looking at the video.

Novick told Local 10 News that he had no comment on the footage and that he has “borrowed” towels from the restaurant in the past.

Novick provided his own video that he says shows him returning the dirty towels to Mango’s outside dumpster.

He also said he has his own unflattering video of Wallack and shared a video, of what he calls “catastrophic environmental damage” done by paint runoff from Mango’s into a nearby storm drain, with Local 10 News.

 

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Mango’s owner accuses neighbor of stealing towels

The battle over the future of Ocean Drive, the South Beach nightlife Mecca, is pitting at least two businesses against each other.

“I saw my neighbor coming into my property and stealing towels,” Mango’s Tropical Cafe owner David Wallack said.

Wallack has a surveillance video from July 12 that he said shows neighboring hotel owner Mitch Novick, shirtless, walking into his storeroom and walking out, after having stolen a handful of dirty towels.

“I think he should be arrested for committing a felony,” Wallack said.

If Novick’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the outspoken hotel owner who has posted his own videos of shenanigans and crimes that took place right outside his window.

Novick has said establishments such as Mango’s are the problem on Ocean Drive. He said they are loud and they breed crime and violence. 

Police aren’t naming Novick as a person of interest in this incident, but do say they have opened an investigation and are looking at the video.

Novick told Local 10 News that he had no comment on the footage and that he has “borrowed” towels from the restaurant in the past.

He also said he has his own unflattering video of Wallack and shared a video, of what he calls “catastrophic environmental damage” done by paint runoff from Mango’s into a nearby storm drain, with Local 10 News. 

 

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“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” Debuts in New York

Published July 26, 2017  NEW YORK – The award-winning “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” will debut in New York City tonight at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street. This revelatory documentary – an award winner at Sundance Film Festival – brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on […]

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Apply before August 2nd for Native Voices Rising 2017!

Published July 26, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS – Native Voices Rising (NVR) provides general operating support grants to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States. This grantmaking collaborative between Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation is designed to support organizing, advocacy and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. To-date a total of nearly $410,000 has been […]

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New York Governor Cuomo Permanently Expands Tribal Police Jurisdiction

Published July 26, 2017 AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council and Police Commission has learned that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation yesterday that permanently expands the jurisdiction of the Tribal Police Department. The bill recognizes the authority of the tribal police in an area that has always been recognized […]

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