Mohamed Noor Released From Prison

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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