Minnesota Cop Sentenced to 12.5 Years for Killing Woman who Called for Help

Mohamed Noor was a Minneapolis police officer when he shot Justine Ruszczyk Damon who had called 911 to report a rape.

The former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed a woman who had called 911 to report an alleged rape was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison Friday, sparking accusations of racial bias because the officer was a Somali immigrant.

After all, white cops get away with murder all the time, said members of the Minneapolis Somali-American community who stood outside the courthouse protesting the sentencing, according to the New York Times.

The punishment — far stricter than a term of probation Mr. Noor’s lawyers had sought — raised concerns in the area’s large Somali-American community about whether Mr. Noor, who was born in Somalia, was treated differently than a white police officer would have been. Several protesters at the courthouse questioned the system’s fairness.

“Wrong Complexion For Blue Protection,” one man’s sign said.

It is rare for prosecutors to try police officers for on-duty shootings. Of the small number of officers who have been convicted in such cases, they have rarely received the harshest punishments possible.

The sentence for Mr. Noor, the first Minnesota officer in decades to be convicted in an on-duty, fatal shooting, fell within state guidelines for his crimes. He was convicted of third-degree murder, which carried a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and second-degree manslaughter, which could have led to as many as 10 years in prison.

The shooting took place at 11:35 p.m. on July 15, 2017 after Justine Ruszczyk Damon called 911 to report what she believed was a rape taking place in the alleyway behind her home.

When Moor and his partner responded, Damon walked out of her home and into the alleyway to greet them.

But that made Moor fear for his life who shot her dead through the driver's side window while sitting in the passenger's seat of the patrol car.

"She could have had a weapon,” Noor testified, adding that he was unable to see Damon's hands as she approached the patrol car in the darkness, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

And normally that is all a cop needs to say to be acquitted of any charges involving the death and abuse of citizens so maybe those protesters do have a point.

Both officers were wearing body cams but neither had their cameras turned on and the car's dash cam had also been turned off, according to a 2017 New York Times article.

It does not appear there was an actual sexual assault taking place in the alley because a suspect and victim never surfaced.

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Toothbrush Bandit
Toothbrush Bandit

Aaw, he thought he had the same privilege. How cute

AdamSmith420
AdamSmith420

Most dangerous gang in America. Fuck the police.

alanfalleur
alanfalleur

It's really funny how certain members the Somali-American community are okay with police misconduct as long as members of their own group are allowed to partake in it as well. It's not written anywhere that all the terrible police officers have to be white.

Sman
Sman

Carlos, you're a fucking idiot because you didn't research this story. This scumbag WAS NOT sitting in the drivers seat when he shot her. He was in the passenger seat and fired across his partner. Pull your head out of your ass and start reporting correctly. You are the fucking reason Trumpy calls everything fake news.