Minneapolis shooting raises many questions
The tragic shooting death of the 40-year-old Justine Damond has led to public outrage. Here is a look at some of the most probing questions around the case
The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman, who in July was charged with the murder on Tuesday, after he turned in upon a warrant issued for his arrest.
Officer Mohamed Noor on Tuesday in connection with the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. his lawyer confirmed.
Minnesota police officer Mohamed Noor has been charged in the fatal shooting of Justin Damond.
The indictment remained sealed by the afternoon of Tuesday, but according to the jail roster Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charges for committing a very dangerous act, while showing a “depraved mind.” The second degree murder charges claiming he acted with “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.”
Damond was shot July 15, minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house. The 40-year-old coach’s death drew international attention, the cost to the police of her job and forced major revisions of the department’s policy of body cameras.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was scheduled to discuss charges Tuesday afternoon.
Noor, a 32-year-old Somali-American, has not spoken publicly about the matter and declined to be interviewed by the researchers.
In a statement Tuesday, Damond family praised the charges, calling them “a step in the direction of justice.”
“No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for the reckless killing of the citizens they are sworn to protect, and the current actions reflect that,” the statement said.
A policeman who was with Norwegian on the time of the shooting, Matthew Harrity, told the researchers that he was startled by a loud sound right for Damond approached the driver’s side window of their police SUV. Harrity, who was driving, said Noor then fired his weapon from the passenger seat. Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The officers not turn their body cameras until after the shooting, and there was no squad camera video of the incident.
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The lack of video was widely criticized, and Damond family members were among the many people who have the name for changes in the procedure, including how often officers are required to turn on their cameras.
The shooting also prompted questions about the training of the Noor, a two-year-old veteran and Somali-American whose arrival to power was celebrated by city leaders, and Minnesota’s large Somali community. Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer.
Then-Chief Janee Harteau defended Noor the training and said that he was fit to be on the street, even if they are criticism on the shooting itself. But Harteau — who was on vacation when the shooting happened and not her first public appearance for several days after the shooting was forced out soon after by Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said she had lost confidence in the director.
Harteau replacement, Medaria Arradondo, quickly announced a change of policy whereby the officers turn on their body cameras that respond to a call or traffic stop.
If convicted of third degree murder, Noor could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, although the obvious sense is 12 ½ years. A judge would give a sentence, ranging from about 10 ½ to 15 years.
The second degree murder charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years.
The prison records show he is being held on $500,000 bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.