MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As questions mount in the death of Justine Damond, there may not be answers coming from the officer who shot her.

The weekend shooting happened in the quiet Fulton neighborhood of south Minneapolis, just blocks from Lake Harriet. Relatives say 40-year-old Damond, a yoga instructor, called 911 Saturday night for a possible assault in her back alley.

She met officers there to speak with them, and sources tell WCCO-TV that, while still sitting in the cruiser, one of the officers, Mohamed Noor, shot her through the window.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency investigating the shooting, said that more answers as to what led to Damond’s death will be released following interviews with the officers involved.

However, Noor doesn’t have to talk to the BCA. Also, Minneapolis Police Department policy is that statements are voluntary.

“That’s a discretionary choosing by the person, by the officer and their council whether they choose to do that or not,” said Marsh Halberg, a defense attorney and former prosecutor not affiliated with the case. “I would, frankly, be surprised if there is a statement in this case. There is no reason they have to give one.”

Halberg says the case has the potential to be different from the Philando Castile case, in which former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez gave a statement to the BCA, which was heavily scrutinized during his trial earlier this year.

Noor, the officer who shot Damond, joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015. He was praised as the first Somali-American to join the 5th Precinct.

Since joining the force, Noor has had three discipline complaints, including one in which charges were filed over the weekend, on the day before the shooting. In those charges, Noor and other officers are being sued for allegedly taking a woman to the hospital and detaining her against her will.

In another one of the complaints, Noor was cleared.

Comments (8)
  1. The day before the shooting he was served with a lawsuit by a white woman. Maybe he hates white women? Too bad for Byrn Mawr Betsy Hodges. Her poster child for affirmative action is a Killer Cop with a history of violence against women.

  2. Gots ta import some more of them Somali. They know who to shoot when responding to a nignog sexually assaulting a woman. Mayor Betsy says this is her way of supporting and ensuring the continuation of statistics showing that over 50% of all murders in Minnesota are committed by the north Minneapolis “community” blacks. All is well in the Socialist Welfare Village. Move along. “Nothing to see here, The public is not in danger.”

  3. Oh this sounds bad. I honestly don’t question any of the past shootings for the most part but all she did was walk to the squad car which she called for. In her PJ’s no less. Firing because you tell someone to not move and they keep doing it when you think they’re going for a weapon is justifiable, shooting because someone won’t drop a weapon (even if it turns out to be a bb gun) is justifiable, shooting because someone tries to grab your gun is justifiable. So far it indicates the cop that shot didn’t even say a word to her. He just got spooked by a noise and saw a person. I know we’re dealing with situations where cops are getting ambushed and shot but this is pretty much indefensible.

  4. “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 when Noor began serving the city. “Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”
    “Diversity will make us stronger”, “we need to hire more immigrants as police officers”.
    Too bad “Bicycle Betsy” wasn’t the one who walked up to the police car to ask a question not wearing a Burka when a firecracker went off in the area.

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