Unarmed Woman in PJs Killed by Minneapolis Policeman
A 40 year old Australian woman named Justine Damond was killed by a Minneapolis Policeman named Mohamed Noor over the weekend. The woman called 911 for assistance, but was fatally shot by Officer Noor as she was speaking with his partner at the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Noor was sitting in the passenger side of the squad car. He shot her across the driver’s side where his partner, Matthew Harrity, was sitting, through the driver’s window. There are a lot of questions being asked.
A “stunned” partner
“On Saturday night at around 11:30 PM, officers responded to a 911 call just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S. for a report of what sounded like a possible fight. Family members say that Justine Damond is the person who called 911.
According to unnamed “sources,” Star Tribune reports that both officers were in their vehicle as they pulled to the end of an alley on W. 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes Avenues.
The sources said that Justine Damond approached the police car while wearing her pajamas, and was speaking with the officer driving when the officer who was a passenger fired a bullet past his partner and through the door, which fatally struck Damond.” Blue Lives Matter
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office autopsy report released Monday said that she died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, and ruled the death a homicide. She was going to be married in a month.
Why weren’t the officer’s body cams turned on?
According to Blue Lives Matter, the body cameras of the officers would not have been turned on based on the nature of the call. The original call was for a possible fight/or sexual assault going on behind Damond’s residence. The cameras are not continuous, they only record short periods of time, and must be turned on manually. For that call, there was no reason to turn them on unless something was found that required it.
Mohamed Noor is of Somali descent and has been on the Minneapolis force since 2015. He was highly touted as the first Somalian on their police force. He is assigned to the 5th Precinct in the Southwest part of Minneapolis. His partner, Matthew Harrity, has only been on the force for a year. Both are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case. Strangely, media reports are that no weapons were found at the scene. What could cause that?