Minneapolis police officer Noor to make 1st court appearance Wednesday
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 22, 2018,
Mar 22, 2018, 1:24
An attorney for a Minneapolis police officer says the officer shouldn't have been charged with a crime in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. As she approached the police auto Noor and his partner were sitting in, the Australian was shot in the stomach.
Chief Arradondo stated that Officer Noor was officially relieved of his duties at the Minneapolis Police Department today.
Jaylani Hussein is executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"No charges can bring our Justine back", the statement read.
Hussein says he hopes the charges reflect a trend where all officers are held accountable for their actions.
Minneapolis police fired Noor Tuesday once the charges were made public.
Noor 's time on the force ended the day charges were announced, according to Arradondo, who said he delayed his decision on Noor's employment to avoid interfering in the investigation.
Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond, a resident of the city of Minneapolis, after she called to report a possible rape in the evening hours, and approached the police vehicle that had arrived to investigate. He said that the prosecution was basing that off bad information.
Following Damond's death, Noor was placed on paid administrative leave until he was arrested on Tuesday morning, TwinCities.com reports, after turning himself in.
"This would have been done a good deal quicker if we had the cooperation of all the Minneapolis police officers", Freeman said. He says he agrees with that.
While Officer Harrity cooperated with BCA investigators in the wake of Damond's death, Noor refused to share his side of the story and was not compelled to by law.
Officer Harrity and Noor pulled up in the alley, did not see anything and Noor typed into their auto computer "code four", meaning no assistance was needed, the prosecutor said.
It carries a maximum 25-year sentence.
FILE PHOTO: Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, from Sydney, is seen in this 2015 photo released by Stephen Govel Photography in NY, U.S., on July 17, 2017.
Neighborhood residents, activists and the media gather on the corner of W. 50th Street and Washburn Avenue for a rally and vigil Tuesday night.
Though she was a veterinary surgeon in Australia, her native country, Ruszczyk worked as a spiritual healer, yoga and meditation instructor, and life coach in Minnesota.
"Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, in disregard for human life". In response to the murder charge, his lawyer Tom Plunkett argued that prosecutor Freeman had jumped to conclusions on the case.
Noor is being charged with third-degree murder - "perpetrating an eminently risky act and evincing a depraved mind" - as well as second-degree manslaughter - "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk", according to the Hennepin County Jail website.
When Ms Damond Ruszczyk came up to Mr Harrity's window, he did not shoot. "However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect", they said in the statement.
The 32-year-old has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the shooting death of Ms Damond Ruszczyk in Minneapolis last July. Bail was set at $500,000.
Former Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau wrote via Twitter, "Justine Damond's family deserves answers and they deserve justice". His attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said Noor shouldn't have been charged.