Minneapolis police man Mohamed Noor has been arrested for the murder of Justine Damond. Last July, 40 year old Justine Damond called the police to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. The reports state that officer Noor and his partner responded, and as they were driving through the alley they were spooked by Justine who approached their car. Officer Noor fired across his partner out the driver side window hitting her in the abdomen. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mohamed Noor acted “recklessly” when he fired the shot into the dark that killed Justine. He added that the investigation of the shooting uncovered no evidence that Noor “encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force.”
What makes this story even more disturbing is that Mohamed Noor was part of a program that fast tracked training to put officers on the force. The program has been described by some law enforcement professionals as “a way to attract more diverse people with broader life experiences”. Noor himself is a Somali refugee and the first Somali to be employed by the department’s 5th precinct. Aside from the fast track training program, questions remain as to whether he was an affirmative action hire in general, but the signs seem to point towards him being so.