It took nine long months, but finally Mohamed Noor has been charged in the murder of Justine Damond.
Minneapolis Somali-Muslim cop Mohamed Noor shot unarmed, pajama-clad Justine Damond to death at point blank range. On the force since 2015, he had three complaints against him. He is described by neighbors as “jumpy,” “ill-tempered,” “strict” and “disrespectful of women and blacks.” What was he still doing on the force?
In his short time with the Minneapolis Police, Mohamed Noor has had three complaints filed against him – two that are still open. The other was closed and Noor wasn’t disciplined.
Hijab-wearing Mayor Betsy Hodges instituted hiring policies in the police department to prioritize the hiring of Somali Muslims. This at a time when more than 22 young men from the community had left the state to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join the jihad in Syria, including the Islamic State group. The area in Minneapolis where Muslim killer-cop was recruited and fast-tracked for police work is a notorious hot spot for jihad recruitment.
Typical of jihad operatives, the lawyer of the Muslim police officer who shot dead Justine Damond in cold blood is smeared and defamed the victim. Exactly what they do to us for opposing jihad terror. Police officer’s Mohamed Noor lawyer caused controversy for reportedly asking for a review into Justine Damond’s autopsy report to see if she had taken sleeping pills. “It was absolutely sickening, and that’s the game these lawyers play, to try to attack the victim,” family spokesman Tom Hyder said.
Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond is charged with murder
by Daniella Silva and Corky Siemaszko, NVC News, Mar 20 2018:
The Minneapolis police officer who mistakenly shot and killed an Australian woman in July was behind bars Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder.
Officer Mohamed Noor was also charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, according to records from the Hennepin County Jail.
It was not clear whether Noor turned himself in or was arrested on a warrant, but Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was expected to reveal more details later Tuesday.
Freeman had previously said that investigators did not have probable cause to charge Noor for fatally shooting Damond, a 40-year-old expat, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.
“I have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the moment he shot the gun he feared for his life, and he used force because he thought he was going to be killed,” Freeman told activists in a videotaped exchange. “But he won’t answer my questions, because he doesn’t have to, OK? We all have Fifth Amendment rights, and I respect that.”
“And let me just say, it’s not my fault,” Freeman said in the video. “If it isn’t my fault, who didn’t do their jobs? … Investigators — and they don’t work for me. And they haven’t done their job.”
The county attorney’s office said in a statement to NBC News at the time: “We are working diligently on the case to complete the investigation as soon as possible. Beyond that, we cannot comment at this time.”
But on Dec. 18, Freeman apologized for his comments, calling them “ill-advised” and said he was not aware he was being recorded.
Noor has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. His fate was left to prosecutors rather than to a grand jury after several high-profile police shootings in the area — and after the grand jury process was criticized as unfair because it rarely results in police officers being charged with crimes.
Damond’s maiden name was Ruszczyk but she had already started using her fiancé Don Damond’s last name.
A life coach and motivational speaker who hailed from Sydney, Damond’s deadly encounter with Noor happened on July 15 when she approached the SUV that Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, were driving in.
Harrity, who was at the wheel, said that he was startled by a loud noise just before Damond approached the open driver’s side window and that Noor fired from the passenger seat, striking the woman.
Both officers were wearing body cameras, but they were turned off, as were the headlights of their vehicle.
In the aftermath, Freeman said the shooting of Damond “didn’t have to happen, it shouldn’t have happened,” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
Don Damond said he hoped Freeman would “act swiftly to review the findings and determine the charges.”
Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann, a former Republican congresswoman who represented the Minneapolis exurbs, called Noor — one of the first Somali-American police officers on the force — an “affirmative action hire by the hijab-wearing mayor of Minneapolis.”
Bachmann’s remark was criticized as racist by local Somali community leaders and Minneapolis city leaders.
Also, Minneapolis police officers removed a memorial created by a white nationalist group for Damond that was placed outside the police headquarters.
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