UPDATED: July 18, 2:33 PM EST:
Well, that was fast. It usually takes weeks, if not months, for officials to identify officers involved in civilian shootings. But by Monday afternoon officials identified Mohamed Noor as the officer who fatally shot 40-year-old Justine Damond on Saturday, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Images of Noor, who became the first Somali American in 2015 to join the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct, were also posted on social media, and his faith and heritage took centerstage.
The officer had three complaints against him in his police file, the report says. Only two are still open, while the third was recently closed without discipline, according to the Office of Police Conduct Review, the report notes.
Indeed, when the story first broke, Black activists expressed hope that the horribly tragic shooting would underscore problems of the use of deadly force by officers against civilians because no one––no matter their race, creed or color-––who dials 911 for help should be gunned by responding law enforcement. But given the tenor of tweets that focus on the officer’s background, not the call for police reforms, it appears the beat will go on. Sound off in comments.
SOURCE: Minnesota Star Tribune
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But the complaints against police use of deadly deadly force are usually are lodged by people of color, but on Saturday, the victim, Justine Damond, 40, was a White woman who had studied to be a veterinarian in Sydney before moving to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé, writes The Washington Post.
Further, in the aftermath of the shooting death of Philando Castile, policy requires officers to wear a body camera. But the officers’ body cameras were not turn on before the shooting and the squad car camera did not capture the shooting, the report says.
“We all want to know more; I want to know more,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said at a news conference Sunday afternoon, The Post writes. “I call on the BCA … to share as much information as they can as quickly as they possibly can.”
The incident began before 11:30 p.m. Saturday when Damond called 911 to report a possible assault behind her house. According to a news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, two Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to the call and went to an alley near her home in the Fulton neighborhood, on the city’s southwest side, writes The Post.
“The woman, wearing pajamas, approached the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver, reported the Star Tribune. The officer in the passenger seat shot Damond through the driver’s side door,” three people who witnessed the shooting told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Some Twitter users suggested that the shooting would prompt Whites to support police reforms:
The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, the report says.