The unarmed white woman — Justine Ruszczyk Damond — who was shot outside of her Minneapolis home by the police department’s first Somali-born cop in the precinct was reportedly dialing 911 for help after she thought she spotted a sexual assault.
What she got instead were bullets to her stomach from the aforementioned cop, while he was sitting in his squad car. The reason why still remains a mystery, but we do know more about the cop.
Her family is broken and wondering how this could happen.
The city has not released any information, but the officer who pulled the trigger has been identified as Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American who entered the country as a refugee and was the first Somali to be employed by the department’s 5th precinct.
WND’s request for information Tuesday was met with a non-comment from Corey Schmidt, the police department’s public information officer.
“The Minneapolis Police Department is not able to provide comment on the investigation,” Schmidt said in an email.
WND has learned he was one of five Somalis on the entire force and that the city makes a special effort to recruit Somalis as part of its affirmative-action plan.
The city’s affirmative-action program requires it to give preferential treatment to minorities, not only those hired by the city but by all contractors awarded contracts of more than $100,000.
Minneapolis police have been “intensely committed” to finding diverse candidates, police spokesman John Elder told the Star-Tribune in August 2014.
So, a few months later when the department hired Mohamed Noor in March 2015, it was a big deal. The mayor herself, Betsy Hodges, issued a public statement commending the hire.
Noor, who entered the U.S. as a child from war-torn Somalia, joined four other Somali-Americans on the Minneapolis Police Department. Given that he was not only black but a Muslim refugee, he instantly gave credibility to the mayor’s promises of a more diverse police force. This plan, according to city documents, uses affirmative-action in an attempt to hire minorities to city positions in the exact same ratio that they are present in the city’s general population.
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