Minnesota ex-cop sentenced in death of Australian woman

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Published on June 7, 2019 - Duration: 02:14s

Minnesota ex-cop sentenced in death of Australian woman

A former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison on Friday for the fatal shooting of an Australian woman nearly two years ago after she had called police to report a possible sexual assault.

Lisa Bernhard has more.

Minnesota ex-cop sentenced in death of Australian woman

(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) MINNESOTA DISTRICT JUDGLE KATHRYN QUAINTANCE SAYING: 'Mohamed Mohamed Noor, I hereby remand you to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections.'

It's a midwestern case that's gained global attention.... And on Friday, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of fatally shooting Australian native and yoga teacher Justine Ruszczyk Damond outside her home nearly two years ago was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

Minnesota District Judge Kathryn Quaintance rejecting a request for leniency from Noor’s lawyers, who cited the Somali immigrant's community service and clean record.

Noor himself expressing tearful remorse before the court.


I felt horror.

Seeing her there, I knew in an instant that I was wrong.

The depth of my error has only increased from that moment on.

Working to save her life and watching her slip away is a feeling I cannot explain.'

Although Noor’s lawyers requested probation - or at most, a term of a year and a day - the Judge's decision of more than 12 years behind bars was in line with what prosecutors had proposed.

(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) MINNESOTA DISTRICT JUDGLE KATHRYN QUAINTANCE SAYING: 'The law does not allow lenience because somebody is a good person.

Good people sometimes do bad things.'

The case one of many highly publicized police killings in recent years.

In many of them, the officers were white and the victims were black men or teenagers.

Noor is the first Minnesota police officer to be convicted of murder.

The ruling sparking outrage among some outside the courtroom.

(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) NOOR RALLY ORGANIZER ALANA RAMADAN SAYING: 'The other officers, they kill black men, shot 'em multiple times, shot 'em in the head - no charges.

But this man shot one time, and he has charges.'

Noor and his partner drove to Damond’s home the night of July 15, 2017, to respond a report she made of a possible sexual assault.

When Damond approached the cop car, Noor fired through the car window, killing her.

Noor testified it was in self-defense.

Last month, Minneapolis officials agreed to pay $20 million to settle a civil suit brought by Damond’s family.

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