MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A rally is slated to be held Wednesday after a jury found ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

The group Justice for Justine plans to hold a demonstration at the Hennepin County Government Center at 5 p.m.

“The systemic failures that led to Justine’s death extend far beyond this one shooting, this one officer, this one trial,” said a Facebook event post for the rally. “The fight for justice must continue until the institutions that shield police from accountability are dismantled and every police violence victim gets their day in court.”

Mohamed Noor and Justine Ruszczyk Damond (credit: CBS)

The rally is endorsed by numerous community groups, including the Minnesota chapter of Black Lives Matter, Justice 4 Jamar, Women’s March Minnesota, and Justice Occupation Philando.

READ MORE: MPD Chief Arradondo: ‘I Respect The Verdict Rendered’

Noor fatally shot Damond in 2017 after he and another officer responded to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home.

During the weeks-long trial, the prosecution argued that the shooting of the unarmed yoga instructor was unjustified.

The defense, on the other hand, argued that Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, heard a loud noise in the alley, which made them fear for their lives.

Noor testified that after he realized he shot an unarmed woman he felt his “whole world come tumbling down.”

“If I had known this was going to happen, I would never have been a cop,” he said.

READ MORE: Frey, City Officials Express Healing, Understanding After Noor Verdict

Comments (4)
  1. Anton Savarese says:

    Won’t post my comment?

    1. Anton Savarese says:

      Cute..

  2. Anton Savarese says:

    AND, so it begins.. …The Minnesota emotional nonsense brigade..

    None of this is remotely humorous. ..It is tragic..

    And, it is the attitude of mainstream Minnesota which is the cause of much of this.

    Someone (dysfunctional system) gave this person a gun and a badge, and placed him in that squad car, and destined for certain disaster, sooner than later.. He failed his MPD Police Academy entrance examination 3 times. Hello!

    The Mayor Hodges – Frey – and others – approach to all of this, is insane. This is police work. Not some make believe world, comprised of group hugs, aroma therapy, and wishful thinking, based upon FEELINGS, and some Land-Of-Oz fantasy land approach to addressing the real life situations WE MUST face today..

    I feel badly for the rest of the rank-in-file MPD Officers who know all of this to be true.

    Sad..

  3. Chuck Ashley says:

    Noor had his sidearm Out of its holster and on his lap according to testimony.No wonder his partner yelled out Jesus name as he fired his weapon directly in front of his face into the abdomen of Miss Damond. I’ve always believed he shot her as she in her pj’s Offended his Islamic sensibilities regarding women being Far More attired and he executed her for this offence.Thankfully the jury convicted this man and he Will spend many years in prison.