MINNEAPOLIS – With a jury in place, opening statements had been scheduled Tuesday within the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed girl after she referred to as 911 to report a potential rape within the alley behind her dwelling.
Mohamed Noor, 33, who’s Somali American, is charged with homicide and manslaughter within the July 2017 dying of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old twin Australian-American citizen who was shot when she approached his squad automotive.
It took every week to pick out a jury . After 75 potential jurors answered questions on their views on Somalis and cops, in addition to their experiences with firearms, on-the-job coaching and different points, 12 males and 4 girls had been chosen Monday to listen to the case. In the long run, solely 12 will deliberate and 4 will function alternates. The jurors embrace a firefighter and paramedic, an obstetrician-gynecologist, a civil engineer, a grocery retailer supervisor, a restaurant host, a carpenter and a Homeland Safety immigration officer.
Six jurors are folks of shade, together with two Filipino males, an Ethiopian man and a Pakistani girl.
Damond, who was white, was a life coach and set to be married the month after her dying. The evening she was shot, she had referred to as 911 twice earlier than Noor and his associate, Officer Matthew Harrity, arrived.
Harrity informed investigators he was driving a police SUV when he heard a voice and a thump and caught a glimpse of somebody exterior his window. Harrity stated he was startled and thought his life was at risk. He stated he then heard a noise and turned to see that Noor, within the passenger seat, had fired his gun and hit Damond, who was in her pajamas.
Noor refused to speak to investigators. The officers didn’t activate their physique cameras till after the taking pictures, and there was no squad automotive video.
Prosecutors charged Noor with second-degree intentional homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter, saying there is no such thing as a proof he confronted a risk that justified lethal power. They need to show he acted unreasonably when he shot Damond.
Minnesota legislation permits cops to make use of lethal power to guard themselves or their companions from dying or nice bodily hurt; Noor’s attorneys have stated they plan to argue he used affordable power and acted in self-defense.
Noor’s attorneys have not stated whether or not he’ll testify. If he does, prosecutors might be able to introduce some proof that the protection wished to maintain out of the state’s case, together with that he has refused to speak to investigators. Additionally they might carry up a 2015 psychological check that confirmed Noor disliked being round folks and had issue confronting others. Regardless of that check, a psychiatrist discovered him match to be a cadet officer.
The taking pictures, which received worldwide consideration, raised questions on Noor’s coaching . The police chief defended Noor’s coaching, however the chief was compelled to resign days later. The taking pictures additionally led to adjustments within the division’s coverage on use of physique cameras.
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Take a look at the AP’s full protection of Mohamed Noor’s trial.