Father of Justine Ruszczyk rejects apology from cop who murdered her
An apology from the policeman who shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk has been rejected by the Australian woman’s father.
Former US police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in jail over the 2017 shooting after being convicted of third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Ms Ruszczyk was living in Minneapolis in the US when she was killed after she had called the police to report a possible assault of a woman in an alley behind her house.
Noor offered an apology to the family for Justine's death in court.
"The apology is inappropriate. It doesn't bring back my daughter," John Ruszczyk told 7.30.
"I don't want him to spend too much time in jail if my daughter is around, but my daughter is not around.
"So under those circumstances, he has to pay a penalty."
Despite not accepting the apology, Mr Ruszczyk spoke publicly for the first time since the court case and said he was pleased with the outcome.
"We were happy that he received the maximum penalty because it showed that the court was paying attention to what the prosecutors had presented, and what the jury had listened to," he said.
"We realised there is a significant percentage of the US population who believe that the police can do no wrong, that the police are there to protect us and whatever they have to do to protect us, they should be allowed to do that.”
Mr Ruszczyk said the incident had affected his family so much that his partner, Marion Hefferen, almost ran away when two plain-clothed detectives turned up at a local charity on Sydney's northern beaches with guns exposed several months after the murder.
"One of her colleagues had to go and comfort her and calm her down,” he said.
“When she came back, the officers were standing there and they had their hands up.
"They said, ‘we can assure you this would not have happened in Australia’.”
Mr Ruszczyk also said he was offered support from three former prime ministers following the murder of his daughter.
"The then-current prime minister Malcolm Turnbull … called. I spoke with him," he said.
"John Howard made himself available. I spoke with John Howard.
"And Tony Abbott, who was our local member up there, he made himself available. He said ‘anything I can do, John, to make sure that the Fed is taking care of you, let me know’.”
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