USA officer charged with murder of unarmed Australian woman

Mohamed Noor

Minneapolis police officer charged in fatal shooting of Australian woman

Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach on July 15 minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

"Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, in disregard for human life, he added".

If convicted, Mr Noor could face up to 25 years in prison on the murder charge, and up to 10 years on the manslaughter charge. During the pendency of the investigation, Noor declined to give a statement to investigators in the incident that made headlines in this country and in Australia. He previously said he would no longer convene grand juries in such cases. Justine Damond's family and loved ones deserve accountability in her killing.

Harrity, who was at the wheel, said that he was startled by a loud noise just before Damond approached the open driver's side window and that Noor fired from the passenger seat, striking the woman.

August 28 - Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he expects to decide on charges by year's end. He was videotaped at a labor union gathering in December saying that Officer Harrity's statement to investigators had been unhelpful, and that he did not yet have enough information to make a charging decision. Her death sparked a national and global outcry and led to the firing of then-Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who was away on vacation at the time.

An advocate for Minnesota's Somali and Muslim communities says he supports the charges against a Somali-American police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last July.

Damond, an Australian vet and yoga instructor living in the U.S. with fiancé Don Damond, was shot dead on the evening of July 15 after reporting a disturbance behind her home.

"Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force", the charges read, according to the Star Tribune. "We respect the criminal justice process and wait for the case to proceed before making further comment".

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Minneapolis policeman Mohamed Noor handed himself in Wednesday morning (AEDT) after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The lack of video was widely criticized, and Damond's family members were among the many people who called for changes in procedure, including how often officers are required to turn on their cameras.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was scheduled to discuss charges in the case at a 2:30 p.m. news conference. "He reaches across in front of his partner, shoots a gun at an object that he can't see", Freeman said.

Plunkett has said that Noor extended his "thoughts and wishes" to Damond's family and raised concerns about Freeman's objectivity. She and Don Damond were supposed to be married in August.

The incident prompted the resignation of Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau a year ago.

Noor was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter counts.

"The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy".

Both officers were wearing body cameras, but they were turned off, as were the headlights of their vehicle. "We need a conviction, we want assurances that will come in a Minneapolis court".

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