Mohamed Noor Released From Prison

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FILE - In this Friday, June 7, 2019, file photo, former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor reads a statement in Minneapolis, before being sentenced by Judge Kathryn Quaintance in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. New rules on electronic coverage of criminal sentencings in Minnesota are pulling back the curtain on what happens in court. The sentencing of Noor for killing a 911 caller was among several recent high-profile cases that cameras were allowed to record. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
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Mohamed Noor, a Black police officer who became the first police officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in the state of Minnesota, has been released from prison.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections website states Noor was released 18 days shy of the fifth anniversary of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, a U.S.-Australian citizen who was engaged to be married.

On the evening of July 15, 2017, Damond called the police and reported a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her Minneapolis home. Noor testified in 2019 that he and his partner were driving through an alley when they heard a loud bang on the car that made them fear for their lives. He said a woman walked up to the driver’s side window and raised her arm. He fired a shot from the passenger side, believing it was a threat.

Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter and sentenced to 12 ½ years, but the Minnesota Supreme Court tossed the conviction out in 2021, he received credit for time served and now has been released.

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