MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rep. Ilhan Omar responded Wednesday to the conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, saying that the same “level of accountability and justice” must be found for all people killed by police.

The congresswoman, whose district includes Minneapolis, released a statement on Twitter, highlighting that Noor was the first police officer in Minnesota history to be convicted in an on-duty fatal shooting.

“It cannot be lost, however, that it comes in the wake of acquittals for officers who took the lives of people of color,” she said, adding: “We must have the same level of accountability and justice in all officer-involved killings and address violence-based training for police officers.”

On Tuesday, a jury of 10 men and two women (six of them people of color) found Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

On the night of the shooting, Damond had called 911 about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home. In court, Noor testified that he shot Damond after a hearing a loud noise and seeing a woman lift her hand outside the squad car. Prosecutors disputed there was a noise and argued that Noor had no reason to shoot a 40-year-old yoga teacher in her pajamas.

In the wake of Noor’s conviction, activists said they weren’t surprised by the jury’s decision, adding that Noor’s race was a significant factor.

John Thompson, an activist and friend of Philando Castile, a black man who died in a 2016 police shooting in Falcon Heights, told The Associated Press that “Officer Noor was going to jail no matter what because he’s a black man who shot a white woman.”

The officer who shot Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm but later acquitted of all charges.

Comments (9)
  1. Virgil Anders says:

    His race was not a factor in these verdicts but his incompetence as brought out by the facts during the trial. Facts that everyone on the jury decided proved his guilt in these two charges.

  2. Kevin Ol says:

    Omar the ignorant needs to go crawl back under her rock and leave governance to the adults.

  3. Anton Savarese says:

    These people crying foul need to make some attempt top grow up – and grow a conscience.

    40 year-old Justine Damond is DEAD (may she rest in peace), and there are a great number of guilty people connected with the Minnesota ‘Public Authority’ who are just as responsible for that horrible fact, and responsible for this murder right along side of Mr. Noor.

  4. Anton Savarese says:

    Omar is a shameless fool..

    These people crying foul need to make some attempt to grow up – and grow a conscience.

    40 year-old Justine Damond is DEAD (may she rest in peace), and there are a great number of guilty people connected with the Minnesota ‘Public Authority’ who are just as responsible for that horrible fact, and responsible for this murder right along side of Mr. Noor. Where is the ‘justice’ in that Ilhan?

    And, please do not point to the Castille matter or the machete wielding fella a few years ago in N. Minneapolis.. Those people died because of arrogance, stupidity, and a complete lack of self control, and any acceptance of personal responsibility for their own actions..

    What has happened to the State I used to love and respect?

  5. Daniel Fjeld says:

    The only way to believe people aren’t getting justice is to entirely omit or blatantly fabricate relevant facts in these cases.

  6. Omar is Minnesota’s “house fool”.

  7. Corky Freeman says:

    Mohamed Noor is a prime example of “political correctness” taking precedence over common sense.

  8. Kenny Skidmore says:

    I am so sick of seeing that pig Omar say, “people of color”, I can puke.

  9. Tim Neumann says:

    Omar only purpose is to use her elected position to cause controversy and spread division among free thinking real Americans. Always has to use the anti Muslim or race card, really a sad day she was sent to “represent” any Minnesotian.