Last July an Australian woman named Justine Damond was shot to death in Minneapolis by a Somali-American policeman named Mohamed Noor. Ms. Damond had just called 911 to report what appeared to be a sexual assault in progress in the alley behind her house. When the police arrived, Mr. Noor fired his gun from the passenger’s side in front of his partner, who was driving, and killed Ms. Damond, who was standing at the driver’s side window.
It has taken eight months, but Mohamed Noor has finally been charged with the killing. The charges are third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. If convicted on both counts, he could receive a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.
Three or four months of the lag time were taken up with the deliberations of a grand jury empanelled by the prosecutors. A couple of months ago a prosecutor remarked that they didn’t have enough evidence to charge Mr. Noor. Now, suddenly, they’ve found the evidence, and the officer has indeed been charged.
By the way — the case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.
Concerning the eight-month interval, Vlad says:
Yes, he was an affirmative action hire; yes, he did shoot a woman across the lap of his partner outside the driver’s window from the passenger seat; yes, he is a Somali Muslim; and yes, it took WAY too long to jail and charge him. Had it been a white cop and a black vic, it would have been instant.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this TV news video:
Below are excerpts from the accompanying article:
Charges Filed Against Officer Noor in Damond Shooting
Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Justine Damond last July.
Noor turned himself in late Tuesday morning and is being held at the Hennepin County Jail on $500,000 bail.
If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison. A judge could issue a sentence ranging from about 10 ½ to 15 years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint filed against him, prosecutors say at the time of the shooting Noor neither investigated nor confirmed a threat “that justified the decision to use deadly force.”
The complaint also states Noor “recklessly fired his handgun” when he shot Damond, leaving her with her hands on a gunshot wound to the left side of her abdomen, saying “I’m dying” or “I’m dead.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hennepin County Government Center to discuss the decision.