A certain Minneapolis junior police officer who has two years of experience, Mohamed Noor, was identified as the shooter behind the death of an Australian woman shot dead in an alleyway near her home.
Noor, from the Minneapolis Police Department, was reportedly sitting in the passenger seat of a police car when he leaned over and shot across his partner, killing 40-year-old Justine Damond about 11:30 pm on Saturday, local media reports. Officer Matthew Harrity was driving the car, however, neither of them had their body cameras turned on when the incident occurred.
Justine Damond Shooting
Scratchy audio of the police radio conversation during the fatal shooting has been uploaded to a Minnesota website that monitors the state’s police scanners and posts online. It starts with the description of a “female screaming behind the building,” believed to be what Damond reported to the dispatcher in her initial 911 call. The officers are heard speaking to the dispatcher including calling for backup before one of them said, “Shots fired … we have one down.”
The tape also recorded the time they attempted to perform CPR on the victim.
Damond, who was in her pajamas when the shooting happened, had a mobile phone next to her body, raising suspicion that the police may have thought she was carrying a gun. Twenty-four hours after her death, authorities confirmed she was unarmed.
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‘Expedited For Transparency’
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said Damond’s death would be expedited. Calling the incident “tragic,” she explained that she, too, has many questions about the shooting which is why they immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer involved in the incident. “I’ve asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can,” Harteau said.
Noor, who according to Yahoo was the first Somali-American police officer in his precinct, has little over two years of experience and had already been sued over an incident on the job earlier this year. In a statement released via his attorney, the officer expressed his condolences to the family of the victim.
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