A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of taking pictures an unarmed woman in an alley behind her house was given a 12.5 12 months jail sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism.
Mohamed Noor, 33, was convicted in April of third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter for fatally taking pictures Justine Ruszczyk Damond on the evening of July 15, 2017. Damond had called to report a attainable sexual assault happening outdoors her house; Noor shot her as she approached his squad automotive.
“I felt fear,” Noor mentioned at his sentencing Friday, however added “I knew in an instant that I was wrong” after he noticed who he had shot.
Noor’s legal professionals pushed for a light-weight penalty, arguing a jail sentence would solely deepen the tragedy, however Judge Kathryn Quaintance handed down the sentence really useful beneath Minnesota tips. The most penalty for third-degree homicide within the state is 25 years.
“The act may have been based on a miscalculation, but it was an intentional act,” the decide mentioned. “Good individuals typically do dangerous issues.”
Convictions for officer-involved shootings are exceptionally uncommon, and jail phrases are almost extraordinary. According to analysis carried out by criminologist Philip Stinson, between 900 and 1,000 such shootings happen every 12 months, but since 2005 solely three police homicide convictions have caught. Noor is quantity 4.
“None of these cases, cases involving police shootings, is ever easy or exactly the same,” Stinson informed NBC News in March. “But as we speak, an officer will get on the stand and says ‘I feared for my life,’ and that’s often all she wrote. No conviction, extra usually than that, no costs in any respect.”