Minnesota cop found guilty of fatally shooting bride-to-be Justine Damond

Minnesota cop found guilty of fatally shooting bride-to-be Justine Damond

A black former Minneapolis police officer who gunned down an unarmed white woman was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday (April 30), sparking debate over racal injustice involving police shootings.

He now faces up to 17 years in prison for the two convictions.

"There's never been a police officer convicted in Minnesota of a police shooting incident, and that's another reason this is out there", Mr Halberg said. Her death caused outrage back home and her Australian family was in the courtroom for the trial.

Noor was sacked after he was charged.

The jury, which was handed the case on Monday, acquitted the former officer of the most serious charge of second-degree murder with the intent to kill. Nationally, it's rare for an officer to face charges in an on-duty killing - and a conviction is almost unheard of.

Damond had called 911 late on the evening of 15 July 2017 after hearing a woman's screams and feared a sexual assault was taking place. Then she was fatally shot.

"It does not give us pleasure to call out police wrongdoing".

Noor went on to claim that he shot and killed Damond to "stop the threat and save my partner's life". They drove slowly and quietly. He testified that he was startled by a noise on the rear driver's side door as Ruszczyk approached the vehicle, according to CNN affiliate WCCO. Noor alleged that he heard Harrity yell "Oh Jesus!" as he attempted to pull out his firearm.

The case hinged on whether Ruszczyk posed a deadly threat to the officers.

. His hiring was celebrated by city leaders eager to diversify the police force in a city rich in immigrants.

Damond's father John Ruszczyk said the decision reflected the community's commitment to the rule of the law, sanctity of life and the obligation of the police to serve and protect.

Harrity had trouble removing his gun from its holster and, Noor said, "he turned to me with fear in his eyes".

He testified that he shot Justine Damond, an Australian who had moved to the U.S., to protect his partner, because he had feared an ambush when responding to an emergency call she had made.

The jury considered three charges against Noor.

The jury worked with seven pages of instructions during its deliberations.

. Those instructions outlined what the jurors had to find to decide Noor's fate. They were sequestered the whole time, staying in a Minneapolis hotel room rather than going home the night between days they deliberated.

The shooting also enraged numerous victim's neighbours, who mounted a campaign for police reforms.

It's unclear whether Quaintance would let him out of custody on bond while an appeal is pending.

In closing arguments Noor attorney Tom Plunkett began by loudly and unexpectedly banging his lectern, shouting a profanity and saying, "Pow!" He was refused bail and will be sentenced for his crimes on June 7.

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