Mohamed Noor found guilty of Justine Damond Ruszczyk murder

Ex Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been found guilty of third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter in regard to his 2017 shooting of Justine Damond Ruszczyk, an Australian-American dual citizen.

He was not found guilty of a charge alleging he intentionally killed his victim.

In the courtroom, Noor was visibly clam while his wife shed tears as the verdict was delivered.

Ms Damond Ruszczyk was killed by Mr Noor after she called 911 to report a possible sexual crime occurring nearby her home.

Noor’s defence centred around his testimony that Ms Damond Ruszczyk approached his squad car with an arm raised and that she banged on the bonnet, making Noor fearful for the safety of himself and his partner.

However, a key police witness defending Noor had their testimony picked apart by prosecutors last week. The prosecution argued it was clear that Noor and his colleagues knew the shooting was unjustified and were more interested in protecting him from prosecution than telling the truth.

This marks the first time a Minnesota police officer has been convicted for shots they fired on-duty.

Noor was immediately handcuffed and taken away after the conviction from the jury. His lawyer wanted him to be free on bond pending sentencing, but prosecutors opposed this saying the nature of the case was too serious

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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