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Case of Minneapolis cop in jury’s hands

The fate of a Minneapolis police officer charged with killing an unarmed Australian woman after she called to report a possible sexual assault behind her home is now in the hands of a jury. 

Michael Noor is facing charges of murder and manslaughter for the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017. Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia.

The jury was to resume deliberations Tuesday after the case was handed to a jury of 10 men and two women on Monday after three weeks of testimony. 

Damond was approaching two officers in their patrol car when Noor, a two-year veteran of the force, reportedly shot her from the passenger seat.

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Noor testified he shot Damond after he heard a loud sound in the area and immediately saw Damond at his partner’s window, raising her arm.

Noor’s attorney Thomas Plunkett said in closing arguments Monday that Noor “acted as he was trained,” according to KARE-TV in Minneapolis. 

Australians and community members in Minneapolis have all spoken out against Noor, saying he was not justified in shooting Damond. 

Officers’ body cameras were not turned on, and the squad camera did not capture the shooting, state officials said.

Damond, 40, was a meditation instructor who moved to the U.S. in 2015 to be with her fiance.

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Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and was celebrated as one of the first Somali officers in the 5th Precinct, according to KARE-TV. He was honored in May 2016 for his community policing work. Noor was fired after he was charged.

Contributing: The Associated Press

 

 

 

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