Decision Made in Damond Case; Noor Listed on Hennepin County Jail Roster

Minneapolis cop charged in fatal shooting of Australian woman with Upstate NY ties

Police officer charged with murder over Justine Damond shooting

U.S. prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman.

Noor is being charged with third-degree murder - "perpetrating an eminently unsafe act and evincing a depraved mind" - as well as second-degree manslaughter - "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk", according to the Hennepin County Jail website.

Noor fatally shot Damond on July 15, 2017 while responding to her call of a possible sexual assault in progress.

Though the officers were wearing body cameras, they did not turn them on before the shooting, and the squad auto camera did not capture the incident, investigators said.

Mr Freeman put together a almost "second-by-second" timeline of the incident on July 15 a year ago. "However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect", they said in the statement, according to the newspaper report.

Mr Freeman said Mr Noor was sitting in the passenger seat of a police patrol vehicle when he shot Ms Damond through a window.

Freeman says the law prevents officers from being charged unless they are "unacceptably reckless". After checking "to make sure he was not shot", he saw Noor's hand stretched across him, toward the open window on the driver's side, Freeman said.

Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll said in a statement on the police union's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, "The Federation isn't privy to the details of the criminal case and can not comment on specifics of the case". His lawyer, Thomas Plunkett, confirmed Noor turned himself in, but had no other immediate comment.

The second-degree manslaughter charge accuses him of "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk".

Hamberg added she hopes Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's decision to charge Noor is not a "one-off". Footage from when the cameras did turn on begins with the officers standing over Damond's body. He told investigators Damond approached their squad auto from the rear driver's side then saw Officer Noor with his right arm extended.

The shooting also prompted questions about the training of Noor, a two-year veteran and Somali-American whose arrival on the force had been celebrated by city leaders and Minnesota's large Somali community.

Noor has declined to give his side of the story to investigators, which Freeman says is his right. Damond died of a gunshot wound to the stomach.

"Instead officer Noor intentionally and recklessly fired his handgun from the passenger seat in disregard for human life". Bail was set at $500,000. Noor, 32, had trained in business and economics and worked in property management before becoming an officer. They're put through a nontraditional 30-week course that police officials say is condensed but thorough.

Statements from Harrity say both he, and Officer Noor, felt a threat.

Current MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo has since made changes to the body camera policy, now requiring body cameras to be on whenever officers are dispatched to any call or self-initiated activity. Recent reports show the department is not yet in full compliance.

In response to Freeman's statements that the police federation discouraged officers from giving interviews, Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, released a statement saying, in part, "The Federation takes great exception to this irresponsible statement".

"Let me be clear, the decision to charge Officer Noor is my decision and mine alone", Freeman said.

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