Minnesota: First Somali Muslim On Minneapolis Police Force Convicted Of Murder
I’m actually surprised given all the cover that Somali Muslims have been given in that area, but the verdict against Minneapolis Police Department’s first Somali Muslim, Mohamed Noor, was handed down on Tuesday in the case of the murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damon. He was convicted of both murder and manslaughter.
According to the Star Tribune:
Mohamed Noor became the first former Minnesota police officer found guilty of an on-duty murder Tuesday as a Hennepin County jury convicted him for the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017.
Jurors reached their verdict after about 10 hours of sequestered deliberations in a case that was closely watched nationwide and in Damond’s native Australia. They convicted Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter but acquitted him of the most serious count — second-degree murder.
Noor, 33, sat expressionless with his hands clasped in front of him as the verdict was read in court just before 5 p.m. One juror hung his head while others sat calmly.
Noor stood from his attorneys’ table, was handcuffed and taken into custody after jurors were dismissed, leaving without looking at his family in the gallery, his shackled wrists brushing against the back of his dark-colored suit. He will remain in custody until his sentencing, scheduled for June 7.
Both Justine’s finance, Don Damond and her father spoke at a news conference following the verdict.
“Ironically, the Minneapolis Police Department emblem on the squad door reads, ‘To protect with courage and to serve with compassion,’ ” Don Damond said. “… But that night there was a tragic lapse of care and complete disregard for the sanctity of life. The evidence in this case clearly shows an egregious failure of the Minneapolis Police Department.”
John Ruszczyk accused some of the Minneapolis police of “active resistance” to the investigation and said there was “gross incompetence among some in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Both men called on Minneapolis leaders to implement systematic change.
“I implore Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to do everything they can to ensure these essential human values are not just words on a car door,” Don Damond said, “but are lived values of every person in a police department who need a complete transformation of policing in Minneapolis and around the country.”
“The jury’s decision reflects the community’s commitment to three important pillars of a civil society: the rule of law, the respect for the sanctity of life and the obligation of the police force to serve and protect,” John Ruszczyk said. “We believe this guilty verdict strengthens those pillars. We hope this will be a catalyst for further change.”
Of course, family members for Noor were crying, playing like Noor was the victim.
“I’m crying because of how the case was handled,” Noor’s 32-year-old cousin Goth Ali said after the verdict was handed down. “What happened was injustice. This is shocking. My cousin didn’t get a fair trial.”
Mohamed Noor is a Somali Muslim. He was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force. In 2016, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed her excitement about that fact: “I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department. Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”
Hodges wasn’t excited because Mohamed Noor had the skills necessary to become a fine police officer. She was only excited because he represented a religious and ethnic group that she was anxious to court. And it became increasingly clear — as we learned about Mohamed Noor’s nervousness and jumpiness and lack of respect for women, and from his own account of events that he relayed to friends (that he was “startled” and reacted by opening fire) — that Mohamed Noor was not cut out to be a policeman. He did not have the temperament for it, and if he hadn’t killed Justine Ruszczyk, he would likely have done something similar at some point.
He also pointed out how Minneapolis politicians rushed to the side of Somali Muslims as though they were the victims in the murder.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges immediately recognized — as authorities do everywhere after jihad attacks — that the real victim was not the woman who was killed, but the Muslim community.
And she wrote, “To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.
This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for everyone… We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.”
More than likely, Moor will be kept up nicely in a clean prison cell at the expense of the people where he will, no doubt, seek to proselytize other prisoners for the death cult that is Islam.
While we wait to see the relatively light slap on the hand he will get considering that he murdered a woman who called him for help while she stood in her pajamas, just remember, the only real justice that should be brought to this man is a life for a life.