On July 15, 2017, a Minneapolis police officer and Somali-American named Mohammed Noor fatally shot Justine Damond (an Australian who had dual citizenship of both Australia and the United States). The shooting was in response to a 911 call placed by Damond, who claimed a woman in the area was being raped. When Noor and fellow officer Matthew Harrity arrived on the scene, Damond approached them, in which Noor shot her in the abdomen. Damond would later succumb to her wounds. Both Noor and Harrity had their body cameras turned off, thus violating a policy requiring cameras to be on during contact with citizens. Noor claimed that a loud noise prompted him to shoot Damond and perhaps felt his partner and himself were about to be ambushed (hence a potential repeat of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia being fatally ambushed earlier this month). However, Damond was unarmed, and residents in the area have disputed the claim of a loud noise. In addition, Noor was sitting in the passenger side of the police car when he shot Damond.
It should also be noted that Noor was hired as a police officer because he was both Somali and Muslim, and the Minneapolis Police Department wanted more diversity when it came to hiring (keep in mind Minneapolis has a substantial Somali population). In addition, Noor already had several complaints against him, and was allegedly prejudiced towards women (considering he is Muslim) and probably does not think highly of non-Muslims as well. Noor has also refused to speak to investigators, who are probably afraid of being labelled Islamophobes, otherwise they would be adamant on questioning him. He has spoken to his friends about the incident. Either way, I’m certain police procedures are being violated, primarily due to political correctness.
So was this a case of a cop panicking and shooting someone he thought posed a threat to him and his partner? Or was this a case of a Muslim police officer launching his own personal jihad against women?
If it was indeed panic that resulting in the shooting, then it safe to say that Noor is incompetent. However, given his history of complaints against him, perhaps Noor might have jihad in mind when arriving on the scene. Keep in mind that he was responding to a 911 call over a rape supposedly taking place, and in Islam, a woman needs the testimony of four male witnesses to prove that a rape did occur (otherwise she will be accused of adultery or fornication). So when Noor saw Damond approaching the car, maybe he thought she was the rape victim (or in the Islamic view, a woman with loose morals).
Other factors that could be at play here include Damond supposedly running towards the police car when the officers appeared on the scene (which apparently also played a role in the shooting), the fact that the shooting took place at night (it is unclear how well-lit the area was), whether or not Damond tried to play it safe when attempting to get the officers’ attention (i.e. waving her arms), and if the officers attempted to tell Damond to stop and identify herself when they spotted her approaching their vehicle.
In addition, did a rape occur in that area, or was it something else? If someone was indeed raped, then did the police catch the perpetrator?
Meanwhile, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has resigned, and there are calls for Mayor Betsy Hodges to resign as well.
And what about Harrity? Is he being politically correct as well, or is he feeling heat from his superiors not to discuss the matter, or has he given in to the code of silence (i.e. cops not testifying against other cops, no matter what)?
The investigation is ongoing.
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