Minneapolis police officer to face murder charges for killing Australian woman

Minneapolis police officer to face murder charges for killing Australian woman

But Noor did - firing across his partner's body and killing Damond.

About two minutes after arriving at the scene, Officer Noor reported a "code 4" to colleagues, indicating he believed they safe and didn't require backup.

A criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday afternoon states that there is no evidence Noor justified his decision to use deadly force, and instead he recklessly fired his handgun.

According to reports by CBS News, Noor and two other officers were sued past year for false imprisonment, assault, battery, and negligence for their alleged conduct during a welfare check.

Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor, seen today, after he turned himself in to the Hennepin County Jail. Hodges names Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to take over.

"But I can't. He won't answer my questions because he doesn't have to, OK. We respect the criminal justice process and wait for the case to proceed before making further comment".

Minneapolis police officers scoped the area but found nothing. The county attorney's office declined to comment beyond the statement on Tuesday. Damond Ruszczyk deserves "justice", said Levy-Pounds, but so did Jamar Clark, an unarmed Black man who was killed in 2015 by Minneapolis police officers - Freeman chose not to prosecute the officers involved in Clark's shooting. He pulled out his gun and held it to his chest, pointing downward. Statements from Harrity say both he, and Officer Noor, felt a threat.

Prosecutors are asking that Noor's bail be set at $500,000, Freeman said. He said the investigation "has not been done to the prosecutor's satisfaction or even to the expected levels of accuracy and thoroughness".

In a written statement, the family of Justine Damond says the charges against Noor are "one step toward justice", adding that they hope for a strong case that leads to conviction.

The lack of video was widely criticized, and Damond's loved ones and others called for changes in procedure.

Damond, 40, was shot dead after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind the Minneapolis home she shared with her fiance.

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Officer Harrity told investigators he had removed the safety on his gun before heading into the alley.

A policeman with Noor at the time of the shooting told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached the driver's side window of their cruiser.

"Ms Damond Ruszczyk put her hands on the wound on her left side and said "I'm dying, ' or 'I'm dead", Freeman said.

Chief Arradondo stated that Officer Noor was officially relieved of his duties at the Minneapolis Police Department today.

Freeman maintained Tuesday that the decision to charge Noor was his. "These were the actions and judgments of one individual".

Noor has been on paid leave and refused to be interviewed by Minnesota state investigators.

Freeman said, to his knowledge, Noor has not talked to anyone about what happened that night, except for his lawyer.

September 12 - Authorities announce that the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has handed the case over to Freeman's office. In December, a cell phone video was released of Freeman at a holiday party, with activists asking him why Noor had not been charged yet. "If it isn't my fault, who didn't do their jobs?". The interaction was recorded without Freeman's knowledge and was posted extensively on social media.

August 11 - Damond's family holds a public memorial service in Minneapolis. The officer's body cameras were not on at the time of the shooting, but were turned on after the fact.

Still, despite the grand jury's recommendation, the county attorney says the buck stopped with him in this case. And it's possible Noor could be acquitted on the murder charge, but still be found guilty of manslaughter. He completed training at the Minneapolis PD Academy and was trained in numerous scenarios, meant to teach officers how to identify a threat, if any, before shooting.

Another member of the city council - Andrea Jenkins - was in attendance, along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

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