In response to comments by top prosecutor Mike Freeman, Lieutenant Bob Kroll, who is the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, says: “We want an assurance he will not be charged simply on the basis of Damond’s status as a fine young woman in a nice neighborhood.” (How about charging him with 2nd degree murder for shooting a woman who posed no threat to anyone?)
Lieutenant Kroll said comments made by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman showed a ‘lack of professionalism’ and calls ‘Freeman’s objectivity into question’.
The attorney said the decision of whether or not to charge Mr Noor should be made by the end of the year. Prosecutors are trying to determine whether the admissible evidence available is strong enough to allow them to lay criminal charges.
Lieutenant Kroll said he was forced to respond to Mr Freeman’s comments out of a sense of fairness to the community and his fellow police officers.
Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis Somali Muslim police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond, an Australian yoga teacher and spiritual healer, was the first Somali Muslim officer in his precinct. Mayor Betsy Hodges, in 2016, wrote a lengthy Facebook post that praised the hiring of Noor.
Noor shot her while she was talking to the other officer identified as Matthew Harrity in the driver’s seat through the open window of the patrol car. Damond was shot and killed after calling 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home on July 15, reports The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
“Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources confirmed. No weapon was found at the scene because the victim was unarmed,” the Star Tribune reported.
Noor’s partner was allegedly “stunned” when Noor opened fire. Authorities have been very vague and tight-lipped on the shooting, saying that it’s under investigation.
Officer Noor has still not spoken to authorities about the deadly shooting.
The shooting death has caused outrage in both Australia and Minnesota, where Damond was a beloved teacher of meditation who held betterment workshops and was supposed to be married in August. Her grieving family in Australia (below) has yet to get any answers.
Justine was engaged to Don Damond (below) who works as a vice president and general manager for a Minnesota casino. Back in Australia, Damond was the daughter of a prominent bookstore owner.
But investigators were quick to search Justine Damond’s house for bodily fluids, weapons and drugs after the bride-to-be was shot and killed by a U.S. police officer, treating her as the perpetrator rather than the victim.
Detectives reportedly found nothing of interest in the search of Justine’s home. Criminal expert Joseph Daly claimed there was no apparent reason for detectives to search the 40-year-old Australian woman’s home.
Noor already was the subject of a pending Federal Complaint.
The open federal case in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota was filed against Noor, two other police officers, and the City of Minneapolis, by a woman named Teresa M. Graham.
Federal court documents say the complaint is an action for money damages arising out of a May 25, 2017. The complaint accuses Noor and the other officers “without any reasonable or legal cause” of forcing “their way into Plaintiff’s house,” where they’re accused of having “violently and forcibly detained her, and transported her to a hospital against her will.” She’s alleging violations of constitutional rights.