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BLACK POLICE OFFICER KILLED UNARMED WHITE WOMAN, WILL HE BE INDICTED?

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GRAND JURY CONVENED IN MINNEAPOLIS ON FEBRUARY 5TH

A grand jury convened Monday to investigate the shooting death of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer last July.  Officer Mohamed Noor, a Somali Muslim immigrant, has refused to talk since shooting Bride-To-Be Justine Damond Ruszczyk, so no one knows why he chose to shoot an unarmed woman.

While wearing a bullet-proof vest and sitting in a police car with his partner, Noor shot Justine as she approached in her PJs.  The squad car was driving behind Justine’s house because she had called 911 to report a rape taking place there.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS AFRAID TO INDICT A BLACK OFFICER

Despite his previous pledge to no longer use grand juries in police-civilian shooting cases, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman convened a grand jury this week.  He subpoenaed 30 police officers to answer questions in front of the grand jury.  Minneapolis Police began testifying Tuesday in front of a grand jury.

Noor’s partner, apparently the sole witness to the shooting, is among those who will be testifying.  The other subpoenaed officers were not there the night of July 15th when Noor shot Justine.  Rather, they are Noor’s trainers and police academy educators, according to Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation.

WILL NOOR BE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER?

If DA Freeman pursues manslaughter charges under Minnesota law, it would require him to prove that Noor’s actions the night he shot and killed Justine were “culpably negligent.”  And to prove that, Freeman needs to prove that Noor’s actions were “objectively unreasonable.”

The law does not require that an officer’s decision was the best one, it just requires that it was a reasonable one.  Police officers are given a great deal of latitude under the law to respond to danger that they perceive is present.

A 1989 Supreme Court decision requires that use of force be judged from the perspective of “reasonable officer at the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.”  In the same case the high court said it was reasonable for officers to use force if the suspect “poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others.”

DA WANTS TO KNOW HOW OFFICER NOOR WAS TRAINED

By examining Noor’s trainers, Freeman is exploring how Officer Noor was trained to handle different types of situations.  What was he supposed to be doing?  What would a reasonable officer do under those circumstances with that training?

Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, responded to the alley behind Justine’s home after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in that area.  After hearing a slap on the back of their squad car, Justine approached the driver’s side window.  Noor, sitting in the passenger seat, pulled his gun, reached across his partner and fired, hitting Justine through the open driver’s side window.

Apparently, if Noor was acting outside of his training, then the level of justification for this shooting diminishes.  If the DA gets information from the training officers that Noor did exactly what they taught him to do, then there’s more justification for the killing.

In December Freeman answered why Noor had not yet been charged for the July shooting.  He responded.  “Fair question. I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the moment Noor shot the gun he feared for his life.”  What?  Didn’t he mean “he did not fear for his life,” and thus had no reason to kill Justine?

MINNEAPOLIS AREA HAS LARGE SOMALI REFUGEE COMMUNITY

Minneapolis, MN has a huge Somali immigrant population, the largest in the U.S.  Most are Sunni Muslims.  An estimated 70,000 Somalis live in & around the Twin Cities Metro Area.  Virtually all immigrants arrived in Minnesota as refugees following 9.11.01.

In recent years, roaming Somali gangs have terrorized neighborhoods in and around Minneapolis, threatening non-Somali residents.  Moreover, Somali youth are being disproportionately recruited by ISIS and other Islamic Terrorists.

MAYOR AND POLICE DEPT WERE THRILLED TO HIRE MR. NOOR

This writer imagines that the City of Minneapolis bureaucrats were falling all over themselves with excitement when Mr. Noor applied to become a police officer.  Not only would Mr. Noor fill three Affirmative Action slots (that is, non-white & immigrant & Muslim), but he might become an effective liaison to the Somali community.

“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a Facebook post last year.  Hundreds of people attended a Police Department-organized meet-and-greet to introduce Officer Noor to the Somali community in May 2016.

OFFICER MOHAMED NOOR’S BACKGROUND

Mohamed Noor immigrated to the U.S. from Somali as a child.  Currently age 32, Officer Noor has a degree in business administration and worked in property management prior to joining the police department in March 2015.

He completed his field training in 2016, becoming the first Somali-American assigned to the Fifth Precinct, which covers SW Minneapolis.  Department records indicate he has had three complaints filed against him during his short time in the police force, the details of which are not public.

WAS OFFICER NOOR HIRED OVER A MORE QUALIFIED APPLICANT?

Let’s face it, regardless of one’s attitude about Affirmative Action in the workforce, we know certain “protected” individuals are hired over “non-protected” individuals because he/she is the “correct” race or gender or whatever.  One wonders where abilities, temperament, skills, experience & education factor into the hiring process.

In hiring Noor, did the police department make race & immigrant status the main reason for hiring him?  Or was he the perfect candidate who just happened to be a Somali immigrant?  Where did temperament and abilities enter into the hiring process?  After all, in hiring a policeman, not only is the government giving this man a gun, but it is giving him significant authority over citizens.

IS JUSTINE, BRIDE-TO-BE, THE LATEST VICTIM OF PUTTING

RACE, RELIGION AND IMMIGRANT STATUS BEFORE ALL ELSE?

Diane L. Gruber

Attorney At Law

2 Comments

  1. CPH

    February 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    He wont be charged if the terrorist group blm has its way. The blm would call it racist to prosecute a black officer.

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