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A Brief History of What Happens When White Women Are Killed by Cops

In the wake of Damond’s death—she was fatally shot while unarmed and pajama-clad by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who was responding to her 911 call—photojournalist Angela Jimenez released a widely circulated video of the 40-year-old Australian veterinarian-turned-yogini rescuing a gaggle of ducklings trapped in a sewer and reuniting them with their distressed mother. Compared to the recent past, victims of police violence aren’t receiving as much attention as they once did, so for Damond’s case to dominate headlines and social media tells us something. News of the case reached as far as her native Australia, where the media dubbed the shooting an “American Nightmare” and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded answers and accountability. In the wake of Damond’s death, the Blue Lives Matter crowd that typically asks the public to stand behind law enforcement hasn’t rallied around Officer Noor but has instead decried the fact that he was a “diversity hire” and therefore incompetent.

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