A jury scheduled opening remarks on Tuesday against a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape in the alley behind her home.
Mohamed Noor, 33, is Somali American, charged in July 2017 with murder and manslaughter of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old Australian-American double citizen, as she approaches his patrol car.
It It took a week to select a jury. After 75 prospective jurors answered questions about their views on Somali and police officers and their experiences with firearms, on-the-job training and other topics, 12 men and 4 women were selected on Monday to hear the case. In the end, only 1
Damond, who was white, was a life coach and was supposed to marry a month after her death. On the night she was shot, she had twice called 911 before Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, arrived.
Harrity told the investigators that he was driving a police car when he heard a voice and a thud, and a glimpse of someone outside caught his window. Harrity said he was shocked and thought his life was in danger. He said he heard a noise and turned to see that Noor had fired his gun in the passenger seat and had hit Damond, who was in her pajamas.
Noor refused to speak to the investigators. The police officers did not turn on their body cameras until after the shootings, and there was no vehicle video.
The prosecution accused Noor of premeditated second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and said there was no evidence he faced a threat that justified lethal force. You have to prove that he acted unreasonably when he shot Damond.
The Minnesota law allows police officers to use deadly force to protect themselves or their partners from death or serious injury; The Noor lawyers have said that they plan to argue that he has used reasonable force and acted in self-defense.
Noor lawyers have not said if he will testify. Otherwise, prosecutors could provide evidence that the defense wanted to stay out of the state's case, including refusing to talk to investigators. You could also do a psychological test in 2015 that showed that Noor did not like to be around people and had trouble confronting others. Despite this test, he was a psychiatrist for a cadet officer.
The shooting, which gained international attention, raises questions about Noor's education. The police chief defended Noor's education, but he had to resign days later. Filming also resulted in changes to the department's policy regarding the use of body cameras.
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