The police officer who shot an Australian woman wearing her pajamas in a Minneapolis alleyway has been identified, and his identity is sparking quite the controversy.
His name is Officer Mohammed Noor, and he has been a cop for 2 years.
He is a Muslim of Somalian descent.
His body camera was off.
This is beyond understandable.
We are all waiting to hear the facts as the case progresses, but this does NOT look good.
According to the Daily Mail:
The police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman in mysterious circumstances after she called 911 to report a disturbance behind her upscale Minneapolis home has been identified.
Mohamed Noor, who joined the department in March 2015, reached over and shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his squad car while she spoke to his colleague in the back alley.
Both officer’s bodycams were off and the squad car camera not recording when the Australian native – who was in her pajamas – was killed at around 11.30pm on Saturday, just a month before she was due to marry.
The shooting occurred near the intersection of 51st Street and Washburn Avenue South, in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.
The driver of the squad car that pulled up in the alley behind the home Damond shared with her fiance has been identified as Matthew Harrity, a community service officer since 2016.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) – the state agency investigating the shooting – has so far kept tight-lipped on how the circumstances that led to the death of the yoga and meditation teacher.
They have admitted that no weapons were recovered from the scene and according to the Star Tribune witnesses to the shooting have described Diamond approaching the police cruiser in the alley behind her house.
She was holding her cell phone and talking to an officer on the drivers side before she was shot.
The only concrete statement the BCA has made so far is to confirm that ‘At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman’.
This story is truly bizarre.
I feel so terribly bad for that poor woman and her family.
Many are expressing outrage due to the shooting, but this time the outrage is aimed at the police officer for a different reason: with an unclear motive and not many facts to go by at this point in the case, people are using the officer’s Somalian, Muslim identity as a motive, and even speculating that he became a cop to kill Westerners.
Many others are simply saying that she should have followed the officers’ orders, and she would be alive today.
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