Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder

 

Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder

By
Anthony Bertolt

23 March 2018

Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond last summer, turned himself in on Tuesday after he was charged with murder and manslaughter. Noor has been charged with third-degree murder for “perpetrating an eminently dangerous act and evincing depraved mind” and second-degree manslaughter for “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk,” according to official charging documents released on March 20.

Damond was shot on July 15 last year when she called the police to report a possible rape. Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity responded to the call and drove down the alley behind her home in their squad car with the lights off when they say they were startled by a loud noise. Both officers drew their weapons, and Damond, unarmed and in her pajamas, approached the vehicle shortly after. Noor then opened fire from the passenger seat, across his partner, hitting Damond.

Damond had called 911 twice before the officers arrived on the scene, where Harrity says they waited two minutes before Noor entered into their computer that they had investigated the incident safely and did not need any assistance. Both officers had their body cameras and dash cam turned off at the time of the shooting.

The Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated during the charges, “There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force. … Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, a location at which he would have been less able than Officer Harrity to see and hear events on the other side of the…

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