Mohamed Noor, the former American policeman waits to go through security at the Hennepin County Government Center Thursday, March 25, 2019 in Minneapolis in the fourth week of his trial. Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 15, 2017, shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and Australian-American who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her house. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against a former Us police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his patrol car, and it turned out to be the ex-officer, would soon stand to testify.
Mohamed Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in July 2017, the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond , a dual citizen of the V. S. and Australia. She had called 911 to report a possible sexual abuse in the alley behind her house minutes before she was shot to death.
Noor refused to talk to investigators after the shooting, and he was fired from the force shortly after be charged. It is unclear whether he would testify, but after prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday, defense attorneys asked the Judge Kathryn Quaintance or the expert witness would be able to sit in the courtroom during Noor’s testimony.
The death of Damond, a 40-year-old coach, who was engaged to be married, led to anger and disbelief in both the USA and Australia, the cost of the city’s police chief from her work, and has contributed to the mayor’s electoral defeat a few months later.
Noor’s lawyers have argued that he and his partner were chased by a thump or noise in their patrol car — possibly Damond hitting the patrol car as she walked. The plaintiffs have questioned the assumed noise, noting that the researchers do not find forensic evidence of Damond the fingerprints on the car.
They have also questioned the timing of the partner Matthew Harrity, the first mention of the thump — not the night of the shooting, but a few days later, as he is interviewed by the researchers.
Neither officer had their body cameras are running when Damond was shot, something Harrity the blame for what he called a vague policy that does not require. The department strengthened the policy after Damond death to desire that they be turned on if you are responding to a call.
Damond was white. Noor, 33, is a Somali American whose hiring of two years for the shots was celebrated by Minneapolis leaders as a sign of a diversification of police in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.
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