What Justine Damond’s Death Proves About All Lives Matter

‘Stupid or Liar’: What Justine Damond’s Death Proves About All Lives Matter

Let me tell you what Justine Damond’s death proves about All Lives Matter! We’ve played this game before. It derived from a bit by podcaster Adam Carolla, who takes inane statements from politicians, celebrities and people in the news and asks: Are they stupid or are they lying?

Today’s episode of “Stupid or Liar” focuses on the death of Justine Ruszczyk (Her name was not Damond. It was going to be Damond after she was married. If America adhered to that as the journalistic standard, my high school yearbook would have referred to me as “Sir Michael Harriot, husband of Janet Jackson”).

Less than a week after Justine Ruszczyk was killed by a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen from a Minneapolis police officer’s gun, the police chief has been forced out, the mayor is on thin ice, and the new chief is an African-American man with deep roots in Minneapolis.

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As soon as I heard about this incident, I ran to my computer and waited. I’ve seen the routine so many times, I knew exactly what would happen. Immediately following her death, some industrious news reporter would release her criminal history—even if it had no bearing on the shooting—like media outlets did when they reported the killings of DeJuan Guillory and Walter Scott.

If she had a clean criminal record, they’d at least put out the most menacing, villainous photo of her, the way they did Trayvon Martin. They’d go back as far as her high school teachers or her neighbors to find a personality defect that would adequately describe why the valiant hero cop feared for his life.

I sat patiently in front of the screen waiting for a Google alert from the mayor, police chief or police union explaining how there was no need to jump to any conclusions or take any actions until they conducted a “thorough investigation.” I knew it was coming. It always happened this way.

I’m still waiting.

During my wait, an attorney called Ruszczyk the “most innocent” police shooting victim he’s ever seen. Robert Bennett—the lawyer who made these comments—is either blatantly lying or he is the stupidest white man in the long, storied history of stupid white men.

Attorney: Justine Damond Is ‘the Most Innocent Victim’ of a Police Shooting He Has Ever Seen

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Is there even a superlative for the word “innocent?” If so—is Justine Ruszczyk more innocent than Rekia Boyd, who was simply talking on her cell phone when an off-duty cop fired a bullet into her skull? Was John Crawford III’s innocence permanently erased in the .36 seconds it took for cops to burst into Walmart and eliminate his existence for the unmitigated gall of buying a BB gun? A lawyer like Bennett, who represents “high-profile police-shooting victims,” would know about these cases. If he doesn’t, then, by definition, that makes him stupid.



1. having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.

Ruszczyk’s death happened fewer than 20 miles from the St. Paul, Minn., courthouse where Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of murder in the death of Philando Castile. Castile was in his car posing no threat to the officer who killed him. Yanez shot him on July 6, 2016. For context, on July 7, 2016, this article appeared:

Philando Castile: Arrest Record, Criminal & Traffic History & Rap Sheet

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I’m sure an article like this will be coming out about Justine Ruszczyk pretty soon. I know it has been over a week, but she’s from Australia, which is another country on the other side of the world, which means reporters probably have to translate her criminal record from Australian to English, which could take a while. I’m sure that’s what the holdup is about.

While I’m sitting here, I might as well wait for the All Lives Matter people to explain how we don’t know the whole story…

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