Mohamed Noor, a Somali American serving as a police officer in Minneapolis, is charged with killing an unarmed woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a US-Australian citizen. The woman called the police when she had heard the noise in the back alley and suggested it was a rape. A few minutes late she approached a police car and got shot by a police officer.
Noor’s lawyers argued on Monday that “the officer was caught up in a perfect storm of events.” Noor claimed that he and his partner, Matthew Harrity, had heard a loud bang just before Damond appeared in front of their car. Lawyers claim that Noor “acted as he was trained. He acted as a reasonable police officer.” However, prosecutors said that officer’s actions were unreasonable and he should be responsible for death, taking into consideration that Noor did not report anything about the loud noise until a few days after the incident.
Noor was fired from his job and now his fate is in the hands of a Minnesota jury, which is made of 10 men and two women, with a half of them being people of color. Jury is sequestered until there is a verdict.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website