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Will Police Officer Mohamed Noor End Up in Jail?

Will Police Officer Mohamed Noor End Up in Jail?

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by G. Brown

Another shooting death at the hands of a police officer, but this time everything it seems is different. Justine Damond’s death by a Minneapolis police officer has raised awareness about the reality of police violence.for some who may not have seen it as a problem before now.  Damond, a 40 year old Australian, called 911 earlier this month to report a possible sexual assault near her home.  When officers  Mohamed Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity arrived on the scene they reported hearing some kind of loud noise and what happened next still isn’t exactly clear almost two weeks later.

Police say Damond was standing in her pajamas outside her home in the upscale neighborhood. Some reports say Damond approached the police cruiser, other reports are less clear.  They all agree that Noor while sitting on the passenger side of the police car, fired a single shot past his partner, through the driver’s door and hit Damond in the stomach.  Both officers were said to be wearing body cams, but neither camera was recording.

A lawyer hired by the victim’s family referred to Damond as “the most innocent victim” of any police shooting.  Wouldn’t all victims of police shootings who did not have weapons or were fighting back in any way be considered “innocent victims”?  Would a 17-year old high school student carrying a bag of candy and wearing a hoodie be considered innocent enough? True he wasn’t shot by a police officer, but the justice system failed this innocent victim when the security guard who shot him–George Zimmerman –was acquitted of his murder.

Interestingly, the lawyer representing the Damond family in this case also represented another victim of a police shooting–Philando Castile.  Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony Minnesota police officer after being pulled over on a traffic stop.  As his girlfriend and her four year old daughter watched, Castile was shot  and killed as he reached for his license and registration as instructed by the cop.  The lawyer tries to distinguish what makes the Damond case so tragic is that the woman was in her pajamas and trying to help the cops. Was Castile not also a “most innocent victim” who was trying to obey the police and do as he was told?

How much more innocent can a victim be than Tamir Rice?  A 12-year old child on a playground with a toy gun shot and killed by police because it never occurred to them that a child on a swing at a playground might actually have a toy gun.

And what about all the other victims, from Sandra Bland to Eric Garner and so many others who were killed by police.  Damond’s case is bizarre and many inconvenient circumstances lend to the tragedy of it such as no video from body cams and no real clear explanation as to why Officer Noor discharged his weapon from inside the car.  But in cases like Eric Garner, Walter Scott or Terence Crutcher being shot or choked where video clearly shows unarmed Black people being killed by police– we’re told not to believe our eyes.

Will this case follow the paths of all the other tragic police shootings? It’s doubtful  because we’re already seeing it being handled differently this time since it was a Black police officer killing a White woman.  The narrative behind her death immediately painted a picture of a victim, her story was told with compassion and respect.  She was humanized and represented as a woman who was only here to wed the man she loved.  Damond was established as a woman of civil and social responsibility who contacted police because she was trying to keep her neighborhood safe.  It was established that she lived in an “affluent” neighborhood.  The MSM made it clear, she was a ‘good woman’ and her death was a tragedy.  But so were all the other police shootings of innocent victims.  Whether police shot them in a playground, strangled them on the street or broke their backs while being transported in a police van—they were all innocent at the time of their deaths.

 Even the protests being held in Damond’s case are being categorized on the news as just and fair when Black protesters were called “mobs” and “thugs” whenthey exercised their rights to seek justice.

Huff Post concludes that “Damond appears to fit the definition of the supposed “perfect victim” of a police shooting ― someone who does everything right and that everyone can empathize with, regardless of race or socioeconomic class.”  But the people who are protesting for justice are doing so based on race and socioeconomic class. You have to wonder if they would be out there protesting if the White police officer had fired the fatal shot.

As for Officer Noor, the fact that he is Muslim is stoking the flames of the fires of Islamophobes and you have to wonder if he will be treated the same in the judicial system as officers who have been found innocent or acquitted in the deaths of Blacks.  One headline referred to Noor as “Killer Cop” and detailed how Noor was a “diversity hire” and noted that he was unqualified to be an officer.  How many headlines prior to this case have you seen the police officer described as “killer cop”?

There is still so much we don’t know about the Damond case, but we already see from the reactions in the street to the reporting on the news that justice is blind. And the value of life is determined not only by whether you live in an affluent neighborhood, but also by the color of your skin.

Comment(14)

  1. Unbelievable, so he killed a white woman big deal. Just like they say when white cops murder unarmed black children and NEVER EVER GO TO PRISON.. THEY GO ON PAID VACATION. SO HELL NO HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO GO TO JAIL.. HE SAID HE THOUGHT SHE HAD A GUN AND HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE.. IF IT OK FOR WHITE COPS THEN ITS OKAY FOR THIS BLACK COP ALSO.. MAYBE MORE UNARMED WHTIE WOMEN AND WHITE CHILDREN NEED THIS TO HAPPEN TO THEM IN ORDER FOR THIS RACIST COUNTRY AND JUSTICE SYSTEM DECIDE TO PLAY EQUAL TO EVERYONE.. SAD BUT TRUE…IF NOT NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE OR BE EQUAL IN THIS RACIST COUNTRY…

  2. In regards to the black/somali police officer who shot and killed the white woman, we haven’t heard the usual statements like, “Blue lives matter”, “You can never question police officer’s actions”, “I feared for my life”, “A cop’s job is tough” or “Suspect looked like a thug.” These are the statements we always hear when a white cop shoots and kills a black person. We have not heard these same statements because this time a black cop shot and killed a white woman. The racist double standard is prevalent. The war against black men is obvious.”

    There is no double standard, there are just facts and the facts in this case do not support justifiable homicide. Any evidence this woman was on drugs, carrying drugs in the car, had a gun and failed to comply with police instructions like Philando Castile? No. Any evidence she robbed a store and attacked a police officer while high on marijuana like Mike Brown? No. Any evidence she was wasted out of her mind on PCP, not following police instructions and appeared to be reaching back into a car for a weapon like Terrence Crutcher? No. Any evidence she punched either officer, slammed one of their heads on the ground and used a racial slur before doing so as all evidence indicated Trayvon Martin did to George Zimmerman? Right, again, no. Any defense from Noor as to why he shot her? Nope. In fact Noor’s family and friends have come forward to the press saying that not only could Noor not tell what if anything the person was carrying he couldn’t even identify his target a male or female. Firing at a target he couldn’t even identify is extremely reckless and the fact that they were responding a reported rape in progress where there was a real possibility the victim would try to approach the car makes it even worse. On top of that based on the statements by Noor’s family Noor didn’t even had a reasonable belief she had a weapon when he fired the shot that killed her. Noor has no defense at all and broke a cardinal rule of defensive gun use by firing at a target he failed to identify and based on that there is no similarity between this case and the vast majority of recent police shootings of black males.

  3. Sorry no evidence to support your position at all. Noor has not even offered a defense for his actions and the known facts and evidence do not support one either. Facts beyond the race of the participants involved do actually matter.

  4. “Would a 17-year old high school student carrying a bag of candy and wearing a hoodie be considered innocent enough? True he wasn’t shot by a police officer, but the justice system failed this innocent victim when the security guard who shot him–George Zimmerman –was acquitted of his murder.”

    Oh my god what a load of crap. Trayvon Martin physically assaulted George Zimmerman, punching him and slamming his head on the ground, and that was after referring to Zimmerman as a “cracker”. Sounds like a racially motivated hate crime to me at the worst and aggravated assault at the very best. Any evidence Damond punched either police officer? Any evidence Damond slammed either officer’s head on the ground? Any Damond used a racial slut against either officer before violently attacking them? Nope, nope and nope. Not a shred of any such evidence, and as such, there is no similarity between this case and the Martin/Zimmerman case whatsoever. The simple fact is Mohamed Noor has not advanced any defense whatsoever for his actions and the available facts and evidence support no defense either.

  5. The (black) police officer did what he had to do, even if it was out of fear;and as for this (white) woman, my condolences goes out to her family

  6. In my opinion, this black police officer didn’t “murder” this white woman; maybe he thought he was shooting at her attacker but the shot happened to hit the woman instead! As far as I’m concerned, he did absolutely nothing wrong!

  7. Hes going to jail. As for her. Well who gives a f=%/&. To many of us have died at their hands for me to worry about some some white woman.

  8. Officer Noor made a statement and said she should not have been shot, he is sorry, and he genuinely feared for his life. Maybe if the victim, who suddenly appeared from the dark looked more like one of his female relatives than an eery ghost like distraught woman who appeared after a mysterious noise, maybe he would not have shot her. It could be considered racial bias. He seems like a good man caught up in a terrible tragedy BTW the police have attained a search warrant to search the victim’s house, supposedly to find evidence of the crime or an assault but I believe they are looking for dirt to say that she was acting unreasonably and put herself in danger.

  9. In regards to the black/somali police officer who shot and killed the white woman, we haven’t heard the usual statements like, “Blue lives matter”, “You can never question police officer’s actions”, “I feared for my life”, “A cop’s job is tough” or “Suspect looked like a thug.” These are the statements we always hear when a white cop shoots and kills a black person. We have not heard these same statements because this time a black cop shot and killed a white woman. The racist double standard is prevalent. The war against black men is obvious.

  10. The last black police officer that shot and killed a white person was Derrick Stafford. He was convicted of first degree murder with a firearm enhancement. He was sentenced to forty years in prison. #RacistDoubleStandard

  11. C Marshall racism, wars and worldwide mass murder of all people with melanin is how the white race maintains their wealth and power.

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