MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The murder charges filed earlier this week against Officer Mohamed Noor in the Justine Damond killing were widely praised by Damond’s friends and family.

But those same charges are being condemned by some member of Minnesota’s Somali community.

Noor posted bail Wednesday night and was mobbed by cameras as he left the Hennepin County Jail with his attorney. Noor was charged with 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond. She was shot after calling 911 to report what she thought was a sexual assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home.

The Somali-American Police Officers Association calls the charges “baseless and politically motivated, if not racially motivated as well.”

Outside a hearing for Mohamed Noor Wednesday, supporters expressed their anger.

“He just did what he was trained to do, and we don’t think he was treated fairly,” Kiman Ugas said.

After the Somali-American Police Officers association criticized the charges, comments supporting their position quickly filled their Facebook feed. Longtime community Activist Omar Jamal says he believes the charges are racially motivated.

“I don’t think if the victim had been black and the cop would have been white things would have been the same,” he said.

Jamal says many are angered that after the charges were filed, Noor was fired.

“Why did the Minneapolis Police Department fire him? Why was he fired right after the day he was charged? Isn’t he presumed innocent until proven guilty?” he said.

Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is more tempered.

“Every single police officer has to be held accountable for their actions, regardless of their race or religion, regardless of who they are,  they are not above the law. Mr. Noor is not above the law,” he said.

And many we spoke with say the charges against Noor are especially painful for an immigrant community that saw Noor as a symbol of having made it in their new homeland.

“This case has been the center of the Somali immigrant community,” Jamal said. “Everybody was watching, looking at what’s going to happen. This was the only case Somalis were really, really interested in.”

A representative of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office referred us to Freeman’s comments earlier in the week in which Freeman said: “Clearly, Officer Noor violated the rules and deserves to be charged.”

Esme Murphy

Comments (7)
  1. Hans Zink says:

    If they don’t like, then go back to Somalia. Easy to solve. More whinny ass Somalians. Getting everything for free isn’t good enough for them.

  2. All Somalis are terrorists. Around 2,000 were protesting the United States when we prevented the Somalis from using their own cash transfer services. All were shut down in the US. They were actively sending cash to Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia and surrounding countries. Anyway, Democrat county attorney Mike Freeman has been trying to curry favor with Somalis by saying he wouldn’t prosecute earlier in the year. He wanted their votes. The crooked liberal clown.

  3. It’s proof we’re living in a clown world that there is even a somali community anywhere in America.

  4. Whomever lured Officer Noor into a job without the proper training belongs in the courtroom right next to him.

  5. John Darwin says:

    This is good new….an excellent start with his arrest for murder, the first win. However prosecutors can’t be distracted and take their eyes off the ball.


  6. The somali community dose not understand “rule of law”. The country of somali was a complete and utter fail because there was not “rule of law”. And it is true that 80% of the somali people here in Minnesota are unemployed even after being here 10+ years.