Wow! It seems the story regarding the shooting of unarmed Australian Justine Damond by a Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor has taken an interesting turn.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, while approaching the patrol car in her pajamas to report a simple disturbance call, Damond was shot and killed by Officer Noor. He was sitting in the passenger side of the patrol car when she approached the driver’s side to speak to his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity. Noor suddenly shot across his partner, through the car door, striking Damond in the stomach and killing her.
But now reports are surfacing which suggest the shooting may have had something to do with a ‘loud sound,’ and that Harrity was ‘left stunned’ by Noor’s actions.
According to Daily Mail:
“A police source told KARE11 that Harrity was ‘left stunned’ by officer Mohamed Noor’s actions.
A reference to fireworks can be heard during the police radio conversations between Officer Noor, Officer Matthew Harrity, and the police dispatcher co-ordinating the emergency call and other officers rushing to scene.”
So, yeah. That ‘loud sound’ may have been fireworks that were mistaken for gunshot.
“The BCA said Officer Harrity told authorities the men had heard a ‘loud sound’ near the squad car as they approached the scene without their emergency lights on.
Immediately after Ms. Damond approached his driver’s side.
‘Harrity indicated that Officer Noor discharged his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the open driver’s side window,’ authorities said.”
But it gets stranger, folks. Now, Noor is refusing to help investigators, and is demanding that people ‘respect his privacy.’
“The independent Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, not the Minneapolis Police Department, is investigating the shooting and revealed on Wednesday that Noor has refused to be interviewed.
‘Officer Noor has declined to be interviewed by BCA agents at this time. Officer Noor’s attorney did not provide clarification on when, if ever, an interview would be possible,’ the BCA said in a press release on its website on Tuesday night.”
Two years ago, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges praised Noor’s addition to the police force, as he was the first Somali officer to join the department. Now, she says that he should testify.
“We can’t compel him by law, but I wish that he would make that statement. There are big questions left that we still have and that we hope to have answered soon.”
“Why did Officer Noor draw and fire his gun? What happened from the time the officers arrived on the scene to when she was pronounced dead? Why don’t we have footage from body cameras? Why were they not activated? We all want answers to those questions.”