Fake sign warns of ‘easily startled’ police

Published 10:12 pm Monday, July 24, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — 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.

According to a press release, one sign was spotted in Minneapolis and another in St. Paul over the weekend.

The official-looking orange metal signs read: “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.” The signs have a picture of an officer with a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.

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

According to a press release, the officer who shot Damond has declined to be interviewed. The other responding officer said Damond approached the officers’ police cruiser shortly after he heard a loud sound.