Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Minneapolis cop Mohamed Noor charged with murder

Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July, was booked into jail on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He shot Justine Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Damond’s death drew international condemnation, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on cameras.
Noor refused to cooperate in the investigation. He could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 ½ years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years.

An officer who was with Noor at the time of the shooting told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached the driver’s side window of their police SUV. 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 car camera video of the incident. Noor has been on paid leave since the shooting.

The jail set bail at $500,000.