Last week, prosecutors announced they would be charging former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor with intentional second-degree murder for the death of holistic doctor, Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July of 2017.
At the time, Noor admitted to shooting the Australian woman multiple times but said it was because he and his partner Matthew Harrity had gotten “spooked.” (They were responding to the call she had made to 911 about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.)
Prosecutors wrote in their court filing:
“A person acts with the intent to kill not just when they have the purpose of causing death, but also when they believe that their act, if successful, will result in death. As a trained police officer, the defendant was fully aware that such a shot would kill Ms. Ruszczyk, a result he clearly intended.”1
Noor is also facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the death of Damond and prosecutors have cited “new evidence in seeking upgraded charges against Noor, who was in the passenger seat of a squad car when he reached across his partner and fired at Damond through the driver’s window after she walked up to them in the darkness.”2
Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, filed a $50 million civil rights lawsuit against Noor, the city and others.
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We will update you once the trial begins.