Fake Street Signs Mock Minneapolis Police

Someone put up at least 2
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2017 1:15 PM CDT
Fake Street Signs Mock Minneapolis Police
A fake street sign is mounted on the same pole as legitimate ones at an intersection in Minneapolis.   (Erin Adler/Star Tribune via AP)

The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked the posting of at least two fake street signs warning people of "easily startled" officers. The Star Tribune reports that the signs were spotted this weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul. The official-looking orange metal sign reads: "WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED." The sign has a picture of an officer with a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.

The Australian, Justine Damond, was unarmed when she was shot behind her home on July 15, after she called 911 to report a possible disturbance behind her home. The officer who shot Damond has declined to be interviewed, per the AP. The other responding officer says Damond approached their police cruiser shortly after he heard a loud sound, raising the possibility that the officer who fired had been startled by fireworks. (More Minneapolis stories.)

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