Former Minn. Officer Mohamed Noor GUILTY in death of Justine Damond

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Justine Damond

Somali refugee Mohamed Noor, who was a police officer in Ilhan Omar’s district, was found guilty in the 2017 shooting death of unarmed Justine Damond, who was shot after calling 911.

Noor was acquitted of the second-degree murder charge, but the jury convicted Noor of the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

Noor’s defense attorney Thomas Plunkett argued that Noor remain free pending sentencing, saying that “Mr. Noor has conducted himself professionally and honorably throughout the entire case.” Judge Kathryn Quaintance declined the request, and Noor was escorted away by deputies.

He showed no emotion as he was led away in handcuffs.

The prosecutor was not impressed with the quality of the police department’s original investigation.

The jury was sympathetic to Noor, but they were never given a real explanation as to why Justine Damond was shot. The only excuse they heard was from his partner Officer Harrity who said, “we were spooked.”

  • They were spooked?? Maybe it’s time to rethink the training these officers are given. Spooked might be more often than we realize. I’m surprised the number of incidents where officers empty clips and practically miss every shot, in comparison to civilian cases where the person is more calm and hit what’s intended. In those cases they are “methodical” in assessing the situation. The conclusion drawn is officer training which focuses on ‘combat’ and evidently has ingrained a sense of ‘fear for my life’. If this sense is paramount then being ‘spooked’ is the obvious result.

    I don’t understand criminal law and it’s confusing being convicted of ‘murder’ AND ‘manslaughter’.

    • IMHO the only thing that spooked this officer was the fact the woman who called them was white and was not wearing what he thought was appropriate garb for a woman in public.

  • It does sound like some of the officers ended up doing the right thing which can’t be said in the case of Daniel Shaver. I found it disgusting that some former police officers were actually “justifying” the situation. In this case it was a split-second decision without considering the consequences. In Daniel’s case it appeared to be choreographed execution. The constant and conflicting orders should have been enough to warrant a guilty verdict. But, at least in this case there was some justice.

  • We know if it had been a white Christian the did the shooting the outcome would be different., This was not handled properly and shooting an unarmed man is a travesty.