MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Members of the Somali-American community are speaking out after former Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shooting and killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

A number of people came together in the lobby of the Hennepin County Government Center as the sentence was read, holding up signs defending Noor.

They said his conviction was a sign of racism in America and that sentencing him to prison time was unfair.

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“There are a lot of anxieties put on the black Muslim cops,” Ahmed Nur said. “There will be a situation where there is an imminent threat and they won’t use their gun because they’ll say ‘OK, I don’t want the same thing that happened to Noor to happen to me.'”

A spokesperson for the group Justice For Justine told WCCO they felt the sentence was appropriate for the crime, but they feel more needs to be done to reform the justice system.

“It doesn’t matter whether he spends one year or 12 years in prison,” Todd Schuman said. “None of these sentences can bring Justine back for us.”

Justice For Justine released a statement after the sentencing, saying that, while the punishment represents “an integral part of bringing more accountability to our policing system,” more needs to be done.

“While Judge Quaintance has handed down Officer Noor’s sentence, we the people get to decide an appropriate sentence for our justice system. We call on Governor Walz to follow through on his promise to audit the BCA and issue a public report on its deficiencies and necessary remedies. We call on Chief Arradondo to discipline officers who made false or misleading statements to investigators. We call on Mayor Frey to renegotiate the police federation contract to diminish the influence of this toxic organization on police culture. And we call on acting Hennepin County Attorneys David Brown and Lolita Ulloa to do what Mike Freeman refused to do and re-open the investigations into the deaths of Jamar Clark and all other police violence victims.”

Kate Raddatz

Comments (6)
  1. CTTV15@Hotmail.com says:

    That’s right… It was Justine’s fault, right, MN CAIR exec dir. Jaylani Hussein?

  2. CTTV15@Hotmail.com says:

    This ‘community’ NEVER accepts responsibility for any of their remarkably similar BEHAVIOR..

    It is astonishing actually..

    This is not Somalia people, and so-called ‘new Americans’…

    Justice, a civilized society structure, and the right vs. wrong of things is not based upon what you can get away with, with a slick smile, followed by an attempted con job, nor, justifying the unjustifiable, and the UNFORGIVABLE, is the ticket to becoming an American..

    Please get with the program, or go back from whence you came..where this sort of thing is a way of life for you..

    Now, there are no safe LRT rides – no safe Mall of America – no safe Valley Fair – no safe stroll around Lake Calhoun – and so much more of this everywhere in Minnesota today…. This is not acceptable Minnesota..

    It is sad and dishonorable, that Minnesota has become THIS!

  3. Anton Savarese says:

    What has happened to my Minnesota?

    This ‘community’ NEVER accepts responsibility for any of their remarkably similar BEHAVIOR..
    It is astonishing actually..

    This is not Somalia people, and so-called ‘new Americans’…

    Justice, a civilized society structure, and the right vs. wrong of things is not based upon what you can get away with, with a slick smile, followed by an attempted con job, nor, justifying the unjustifiable, and the UNFORGIVABLE, is the ticket to becoming an American..

    Please get with the program, or go back from whence you came..where this sort of thing is a normal way of life..

    Now, in Minnesota, there are no safe LRT rides – no safe Mall of America visits – no safe Valley Fair days or evenings – no safe stroll around Lake Calhoun – and so much more of this everywhere in Minnesota today…. This is not acceptable Minnesota..

    It is sad what has happened to the Minnesota I moved to, and once loved..

  4. Places like somalia,mexico,honduras,el salvador,guatemala are the way they are because as Kemp’s like to say”It’s the cow’s” In other words People create their condition and why should it be unreasonable expect conditions to travel with the people who created them.

  5. Jason Thor Carle says:

    In some ways, they have a point. Look at all the police that shoot unarmed and innocent/non threatening people and get off Scott free. On the other hand, all of those police officers should also be in jail, so this is a tough one to suss out.

  6. Virgil Anders says:

    This guy should have never been issued a badge and an innocent citizen is dead because of it.