Minnesota Cop Charged With Murder In Australian's Death

Minnesota Cop Charged With Murder In Australian's Death

Minnesota Cop Charged With Murder In Australian's Death

Officer Mohamed Noor was also charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, according to records from the Hennepin County Jail.

The shooting led to the firing of Police Chief Janee Harteau.

Freeman also explained his use of a grand jury investigation after previously stating that he would no longer use them when deciding officer-involved shootings.

"There is no evidence Officer Noor encountered a threat, appreciated a threat, or confirmed a threat that justified his decision to use deadly force", Freeman asserted.

But in announcing the charges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleged Mr Noor had "recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun". Much of the campaign focused on police-community relations.

This prosecution is a step towards holding this officer accountable for his actions.

"But I can't. He won't answer my questions because he doesn't have to, OK".

Freeman said Noor exercised his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, meaning Noor hasn't done any interviews or participated in the investigation thus far. But in this case, Freeman convened a grand jury to investigate, about a month after he publicly stated he didn't have enough evidence.


Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll said in a statement on the police union's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, "The Federation isn't privy to the details of the criminal case and can not comment on specifics of the case". Schuman says she was remembered as a lovely soul.

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Harrity told his supervisor both men "got spooked" when they were approached. He pulled out his gun and held it to his chest, pointing downward. "Officer Noor should not have been charged with any crime", he said in a statement.

"Justine's family in Australia and the United States applaud today's decision to criminally charge Officer Noor with Justine's murder as one step towards justice for this iniquitous act", the statement said.

"No charges can bring our Justine back".

Damond Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian native, was shot and killed by Officer Noor after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her South Minneapolis residence.

Officer Harrity told investigators he had removed the safety on his gun before heading into the alley.

When Damond came up to Harrity's window, he didn't shoot. Damond, who was unarmed, died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. As they drove down a nearby alley, Damond ran up out of the darkness in her pajamas and slapped the back of the auto. In a statement, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo doesn't specifically say Noor was terminated, but he that Noor's "end date" was today.

Meanwhile, others spoke out Tuesday regarding the charges filed. "What happened to Justine happened to every last one of us, I don't' care what color you are". "These were the actions and judgments of one individual". "I ask people to continue to support the officers that provide selfless and honorable service every day to the citizens of Minneapolis". Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer.

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