Defense: “lies by omission” about an ex-officer

MINNEAPOLIS – Defense attorneys for a former Us police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year, claiming that the prosecutors have misled the court about Mohamed Noor past behavior in an attempt to portray him as unfit for the job, according to a court document filed Wednesday.

The document was submitted in response to the prosecutors’ argument that there is enough probable cause for the case against the Norwegian to continue. Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was killed after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her house.

Prosecutors said last week that the officials who have the training Noor reported cases in which he had problems with dealing with the stress of the job. They also said that he is a psychological test in 2015 proved that he hates people and is more than probably any other officer candidates to be impatient. Prosecutors also wrote that only two months before the shooting, Noor was involved in a traffic stop in which he pointed a gun at a motorist in the head.

Defense attorneys said the prosecutors left the most important information.

“These lies by omission, and clear misstatements of fact actively mislead the reader and disguise the truth,” defense attorneys Thomas Plunkett and Peter Wold wrote.

She said that the training of officers never found Noor to be “unacceptable” on a task, and the psychological test he took in 2015 is racially biased. Noor is a Somali-American.

“The State is the requirement that the … test illustrates his indifference to human life, which led to his action on July 15, 2017 calls for Officer Noor convicted because of his race,” the defense wrote.

The lawyers also said that the psychologist who administered the test and the psychiatrist who cleared Noor for duty told prosecutor Amy Sweasy that Noor, the results were probably a consequence of his race and culture, not a personality disorder.

“The State, knowing that this would be widely covered by the media all over the world, not to inform the Court of crucial information,” the defense wrote.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office had no comment on the defense filing Wednesday.

The defense also took issue with the state’s claim that Noor pointed a gun at a motorist in the head two months before he shot Damond. The defense said prosecutors didn’t explain that the driver went two blocks without stopping and made the movements in the car as if he was hiding contraband.

Defense attorneys ask that the charges against the Noor be dismissed. A hearing on the motions is set for Sept. 27.


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