Minneapolis Cop Who Shot Civilian Has Two Open Cases; Known For Violence

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Outrage has hit the streets of Minneapolis as details emerge behind the unprovoked police involved shooting late Saturday night that left Justine Damond dead, her fiancé and son shattered, and a city on edge begging for answers.

Damond, 40, an Australian citizen who took her fiance's name before her marriage, called 911 just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday to report a possible sexual assault after hearing noises in an alley that caused her to believe police were needed.

Mohammon Noor, a Somali-American, and his partner Matthew Harriety, both Minneapolis police officers, responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue and were the speaking with Damond, who was dressed in her pajamas.


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Police have admitted the details are sketchy, and what is known is Ms. Damond, the fiance to an American, was leaning against the squad car speaking with Harriety the driver, as both officers were seated in the vehicle and she leaning against the open window, explaining her reasoning for telephone and offering her account.

The officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.

What's know is without provocation, Noor fired his weapon, across his partner, striking Ms. Damond, killing her.

Both Officer, Noor and Harriety, have been placed on Administrative leave, and if previous unprovoked cases are any indication, they may not face any repercussion or criminal charges.

The circumstances behind this case, a fiancée, Caucasian, dressed in pajamas, obviously without weapon, a mother, engaged in what she felt was her civic duty, may sway the Grand Jury to indict and the fact that the officers were in violation of protocol by not having the body and dash camera on.

Although it is early in the investigation, the Hennepin County Medical examiner has indicated he will perform the autopsy and send his findings to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review.


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Noor who was named in a civil complaint less than one week ago is specifically mentioned as roughing up Theresa Graham, a female, who has filed multiple complaints against the police.

According to the 14 page law suit, "'Noor took Graham's phone "from her hand and then grabbed her right wrist and upper arm, thereby immobilizing her." Graham claimed she pleaded to be let go, having recently suffered a shoulder injury. Noor "lessened the tightness of his grip" on her right arm, but the police sergeant holding her left arm tightened his hold, the lawsuit claims,"'as reported in the New York Daily News.

The incident is currently under invetsigation by The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) the incident.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy on the deceased woman. The medical examiner will release the woman's identity and the cause and manner of death once the autopsy is complete and family notifications have taken place.

The BCA's investigation is in its very early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete.

When the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review.

Justine's fiance, Don Damond, 50, said the two were to be married in August, and is now left planning the funeral of the Sydney native.

Sources: Various

Image: Don Damond and Justine Damond (left)who was shot and killed outside her Minneapolis home after calling police.(FACEBOOK)

 

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