Cop Who Shot Bride-to-Be Was Celebrated When Hired

Mohamed Noor was 1st Somali officer to patrol Minneapolis' 5th Precinct
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2017 1:51 PM CDT
'Being Police Officer Is Calling' for Cop Who Shot Minn. Woman
In this May 2016 image provided by the City of Minneapolis, police Officer Mohamed Noor poses for a photo at a community event welcoming him to the Minneapolis police force.   (City of Minneapolis via AP)

When Mohamed Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015, becoming the first Somali officer to patrol the Fifth Precinct, he was celebrated by the Somali community and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who took "a moment to recognize him" in a Facebook post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. On Monday, Noor was identified as the officer who fatally shot Justine Damond two nights earlier after Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. The Star-Tribune has more on the 31-year-old Noor, who is one of only nine Somali officers in Minneapolis. For Noor "being a police officer is a calling," his lawyer says. Here's what else you need to know about Saturday's fatal shooting:

  • As previously reported, Noor has three complaints on his file since joining the Minneapolis Police Department.
  • Eight days before her death, Damond gave a lecture about her struggles with depression and addiction and the 2006 out-of-body experience that led her to new age spirituality, reports.
  • Video of that lecture is available on YouTube.
  • HuffPost lists what we know and don't know about the shooting, including the two big questions: What happened between Damond's 911 call and her death, and did the responding officers ever look into the sexual assault she believed she heard taking place?
  • A medical examiner has ruled the death of Damond, who was unarmed and in her pajamas when she was shot, to be a homicide, AAP reports.
  • It's unclear why officers' body cameras weren't turned on during the first fatal shooting since police started wearing them last year, according to MPR News. Officers are required to turn the cameras on before any use of force.
  • Damond's father, John Ruszcyzk, says his daughter was "so special" and a "beacon to all." “We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death," NBC News quotes him as saying.
  • The Washington Post reports Minneapolis' Somali community is worried about a backlash following the identification of Noor as the shooter. "They fear this will be just another event used to create animosity toward the Somali community,” says the executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota.
(More Justine Damond stories.)

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