By: Keisha Thompson. July 19th, 2017
On Saturday July 15th at about 11:30pm, the Minneapolis 911 emergency center received a call from Justine Damond who stated that there is a possible assault happening behind her home; a Minneapolis Patrol Car responded, Damond walked to the driver side of the car and within seconds Officer Mohamed Noor fired a shot into Damond, killing her.
Justine Damond, 40, a mother and a fiancé who was to get married in a couple of weeks was shot and killed by law enforcement after calling for help.
First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Justine Damond for their loss and send my condolences. Just about everyone can relate to losing a loved one. Losing a loved one is never easy, even if the end is expected, but when a loved one is unexpectedly murdered by law enforcement, it adds a particular stain which does not easily wash off.
This particular incident gives a little glimpse into one of the struggles African Americans face daily living in the United States of America. Again, this incident of an innocent bystander calling for help, who then was then shot and killed by the very people who took an oath to serve and protect them is nothing new or surprising to African Americans. As a matter of fact, Black people worldwide are all aware of the unwritten rule or law that some police officers habitually shoot and kill Blacks on sight for absolutely no reason.
This will be a fascinating case to watch as all the evidence unfolds. This may appear to be just another case of police officers shooting and killing an innocent victim, but on the contrary, when examined closely, it appears to be more. In most of the police involved shootings, the defendant is a white police officer who shot and killed an innocent victim, which is usually a Black male. In some instances, there are even Black Police Officers who have shot and killed innocent Black Males. In both instances, neither the White nor the Black Police Officers are held accountable.
Officer Noor committed a crime against an American goddess, which is one of the worst crimes to commit in America and this could cost him his life. Compounding this issue is the fact that Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull was quoted as saying, “How can a woman out in the street in her pajamas seeking assistance from police be shot like that? This is a shocking killing.” This is a familiar question within African American communities. This case brings out the very issues African Americans have been fighting against. The fact is that law enforcement across the nation operates under the assumption of firing first, then asking questions later regardless if the victim is innocent. This practice has cost many African Americans their lives.
In recent months, in three separate incidences, three different police officers were acquitted of killing three innocent Black males even though the incidences were all captured on video camera recordings. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terrence Crutcher, Minnesota Police Office Jeonimo Yanez shot and killed Philando Castile, and Milwaukee ex-police officer, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, shot and killed Sylville Smith.
The responding Police Officers in the Damond case failed to follow procedure when they arrived at the victim’s home according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Department. Neither of the two responding officers turned on either the patrol car recording device or their video body cameras. This leaves many to question, if both the patrol car and their body video cameras had been turned on, based on previous cases, would that then have guaranteed that Officer Noor would then be found guilty?
However, this case may be different. Some might even go as far as stating that Police Officer Noor appears to have what some would consider a “double negative status.” Number one, the fact that he is a Black male and number two, the fact that he is actually from Somalia. Officer Noor is Black Somalian American and his victim is a White Australian woman. The two things that White Americans hate are African Americans and African people. Yet ,they will not publicly admit it. This case has the potential to shatter America’s ideology about their court and judicial system that says justice is blind within the legal system. However, this case has the potential to challenge that very belief to its core.
Based on previous cases, it would be fair to assume that Officer Noor will not be found guilty of any charges. There is no actual video footage of the incident and even when there are video footage recordings of the incidents, law enforcement’s chain of command and the judicial system all pull a power move and protect their very own, which usually ends with the police officer or officers not being found guilty.
However, that may not necessarily be true in this case. Someone has to pay for the brutal attack on the victim, as it should be. The victim in this case is a White woman being White carries a heavy weight within the America’s legal system. Moreover, Justine Damond represents what White America holds dear, which makes all the difference in law enforcement’s response. There will be justice, it will be quick, and it will be brutal. At the same time Police Officer Damond will be made an example of what happens when a Black man kills a White woman. Perhaps Officer Noor has already realized that he is a target and that the BCA Department is looking to hold him accountable, and in a defense move, Officer Noor invoked his fifth amendment right.
Police Officer Mohamed Noor, picture from his Face book Page.