Former black Minneapolis cop found guilty of an on-duty deadly shooting of a white woman


By Frederick H. Lowe



A jury on Tuesday found a former Minneapolis cop, who is black, guilty of killing a white woman while responding to a 9-1-1 call.

The verdict was rendered nearly three years after another jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, cop for shooting to death Philando Castile, a black motorist, during a traffic stop.

Castile was registered to carry a concealed weapon, and he told Yanez he was armed. Yanez replied, “Ok don’t reach for it.”

Castile never reached for his pistol, but Yanez fired his weapon, shooting and killing Castile. The deadly shooting, which occurred July 6, 2016, was seen and but mostly heard on Facebook Live.

Mohamed Noor’s deadly shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond however, had a much different outcome.

Justine Ruszczyk Damond

The jury convicted Noor, who is Somali, of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the deadly shooting of Damond which occurred on July 15, 2017.  The 33-year-old Noor is the first Somali-American hired by the Minneapolis police department. Later the department fired him.

Mohamed Noor being  congratulated after joining the Minneapolis Police Department

The jury of 10 men and two women began deliberations Monday after listening to three weeks of testimony.

After the verdict was read, sheriff’s deputies handcuffed Noor and took him to jail where he will wait for sentencing. He faces 10 to 15 years in prison.  A judge will sentence him on June 7.

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were responding to a 911 call concerning a possible sexual assault behind Damond’s home in south Minneapolis.

The two cops testified they heard a loud sound, leading both officers to believe they were being ambushed.

Noor fired from the passenger seat of his squad car through Harrity’s open window, killing Diamond.

Prosecutors argued Noor overreacted.




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