The police officer who shot dead an Australian woman outside of her home has a troubling past.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Mohamed Noor has been on the Minneapolis Police for several years, and during his time on the force he’s had numerous complaints against him for excessive force, with one of them being from a woman he “violently” forced into the hospital. Noor reached over and shot 40-year-old Justine Damond several times through the driver’s side door of his squad car as she spoke to his partner, which ended up killing her.
Damond had called to report a sexual assault in the alley behind her home, but for reasons unknown Noor decided to shoot the unarmed woman as she stood in her pajamas. Details about the incident are scarce, but Noor’s previous record shows a history of becoming violent, especially toward women.
From the Daily Mail:
Noor, who joined the Minneapolis Police in March 2015, has reportedly had three complaints made against him in two years – including a lawsuit.
Two are from 2017 and one from 2016 is closed and according to Lou Raguse of Kare 11 is marked ‘not to be made public’.
The lawsuit stems from a police call on May 25, 2017, when Noor and two other officers took a woman to hospital and she claimed that they carried out false imprisonment, assault and battery.
According to the ongoing lawsuit, the woman claimed that Noor ‘grabbed her right wrist and upper arm’ when moving her, leaving her ‘immobilised’.
The woman, a retired social worker from Minneapolis, alleged that she had called 911 to ‘report an unknown young male who was sitting on her retaining wall behind her house smoking marijuana.’
Officers followed up on her complaint but returned to her home at 8pm to carry out a welfare check after ‘one or more relatives’ allegedly complained to police that she had ‘some sort of mental health problem’.
The woman alleged that she told the officers to leave but they forced a way into her home through a screen door and told her she was going to hospital for a ‘mental health crisis.’
In a statement from his attorney, Noor said that he “extends his condolences” to Damond’s family and that he “takes their loss seriously.” He also stated that he “would like to say more” but that the investigations into the matter forbid him from doing so.
If you’re wondering how he was still on the force after three complaints in two years, one of which resulted in a lawsuit, he was the first Somalian to join the department, which was met with heaps of praise from the city’s mayor.
Mayor Hodges wrote on her Facebook page last year that she ‘wanted to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Boor, 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.’
That statement hasn’t aged well.