White nationalist memorial to Justine Damond removed by police

Police in Minneapolis have removed a candle-lit memorial created by a white nationalist group to honour Australian woman Justine Damond shot dead by a Somali-American officer.

Identity Evropa said it made the "shrine" to Damond after a prosecutor suggested there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

Damond died after being shot in her pyjamas by officer Noor on July 15 after she called police several times to report a possible sexual assault in an alley behind her Minneapolis home she had shared with her fiance.

Officer Noor has not been charged.

Identity Evropa is a California-based white nationalist group whose members advocate for a white-only state and chant "You will not replace us" at rallies.

It rallied at the white nationalist march in Charlottesville in August, where a young anti-racism activist, Heather Heyer, was killed after a car drove into protesters.

The Damond memorial created on Friday included candles, flowers, a framed portrait of Damond and signs reading "United We Stand".

In a statement on Twitter, the group claimed that a judge had decided not to bring charges, and said: "One family will be having an incomplete Christmas this year".

But police department spokesman John Elder said the memorial was removed when police were notified about its presence.

"We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put up at that location," he told Minnesota Public Radio.

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey condemned the creation of the memorial, saying: "Identity Evropa and those who share their values have no place in our city. Hate has no place in Minneapolis. Period."

Earlier this month, Damond's devastated father questioned the integrity and completeness of the probe into his daughter's death after the case's chief prosecutor was shown on camera to be highly critical of investigators.

Ms Damond's death drew widespread condemnation and led to the forced resignation of the city's police chief.

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