Officer Mohamed Noor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, his attorney said. A jail roster said he was held on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach on July 15 minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Damond’s death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on body cameras.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, planned a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss the charges.

Noor has not spoken publicly about the case. His attorney, Thomas Plunkett, confirmed Noor turned himself in, but had no other immediate comment.

A policeman who was with Noor at the time of the shooting, Matthew Harrity, told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before 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 did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting, and there was no squad camera video of the incident.

The lack of video was widely criticized, and Damond’s family members were among the many people who called for changes in procedure, including how often officers are required to turn on their cameras.

The shooting also prompted questions about the training of Noor, a two-year veteran and Somali-American whose arrival on the force had been 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’s training and said he was suited to be on the street, even as she criticized the shooting itself. But Harteau — who was on vacation when the shooting happened and didn’t make her first public appearance until several days after the shooting — was forced out soon after by Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said she had lost confidence in the chief.

Harteau’s replacement, Medaria Arradondo, quickly announced a policy change requiring officers to turn on their body cameras in responding to any call or traffic stop.

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(City of Minneapolis via AP, File)

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15 thoughts on “Minneapolis Officer Charged In Shooting Australian Woman

  1. QUEEN on said:

    SHE WAS WHITE, HE WAS BLACK, NOW YAL KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE. HE GONNA GET TIME. I GUESS HE COULDNT FEAR FOR HIS LIFE. LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    I’ll be honest. If I was called to jury duty in this case, as soon as the Defense said, “he feared for his life.” I would immediately go – NOT GUILTY! Isn’t that the standard? Why is it different this time. It just takes one – hung jury. I’m not being careless, just consistent.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    It will be interesting to see if he gets convicted and sent to prison. Remember, many have been charged; few if any are convicted. He deserves to be locked up.

      • specialt757 on said:

        As well he should have been charged and convicted, your cousin is a sleezy bastard.

    • specialt757 on said:

      You do know that Slager wasn’t convicted of murder of a black man, just fed charges of violating his civil rights, because he plead guilty, his murder charges were dropped. Justice was not served, but at least his a$$ is locked up for 20 years.

  4. No surprise-since it was a white chick who was shot and killed.
    Now let us just wait and see HOW MUCH TIME he will be sentenced to for killing her.

    BLACK LIVE’s DON’T MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Of course he’s being charged. . He’s blk she was white. Had the cop been white and the victim been blk we all knw no charges would have been filed.

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