published: 27 September 2018
Prosecutors can use a former Minneapolis police officer’s psychological records against him when he goes on trial next year for fatally shooting an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911, a judge ruled Thursday.
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance set a trial date of April 1 after finding that there is probable cause for the criminal case to proceed against Mohamed Noor. He was charged in March with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and dual citizen who was engaged to be married, called 911 the night of July 15, 2017, to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home in Southwest Minneapolis. Noor was in the passenger seat of a squad car when he reached across his partner and fired at Damond through the driver’s window after she walked up to them in the darkness.
Noor has declined to speak with investigators. But his partner, Matthew Harrity, told them they “got spooked” when she approached. Harrity said he heard a voice and a thump on the back of the squad, and glimpsed a head and shoulders outside. Harrity said he feared for his life and drew his gun. Noor, however, fired at Damond, who died at the scene.
Mohamed Noor Attorneys want charges dismissed
27 September 2018