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In Minneapolis, fake sign warns of ‘easily startled’ police

July 24, 2017 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (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 (http://strib.mn/2tDmGh3 ) 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.

Joe Morino, who brought a friend to see the Minneapolis sign, said it has “a side of truth.”

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The Australian, Justine Damond, was unarmed when she was shot behind her home on July 15, after she called 911 to report a possible rape.

The officer who shot Damond has declined to be interviewed. The other responding officer says Damond approached their police cruiser shortly after he heard a loud sound.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com