Justine Damond shooting suspect given bail on condition of giving up passport

Mohamed Noor

Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder, turns himself in

"Mr Noor does not pose a threat to public safety", said Plunkett, who declined to speak with reporters afterward.

Jaylani Hussein is executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We believe these charges are baseless and politically motivated, if not racially motivated as well", the statement said.

Hussein says he hopes the charges reflect a trend where all officers are held accountable for their actions.

Damond was one of at least 971 people fatally shot by a USA police officer in 2017, according to a Washington Post database.

Ms. Harteau's successor, Chief Medaria Arradondo, said in a statement that Tuesday was Officer Noor's last day on the police force.

Ms Damond called 911 about a possible sexual assault behind her home minutes before she was shot.

Local criminal defense attorney Mike Bryant, who is not affiliated with this case, thinks Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman chose to charge Noor with both manslaughter and murder because he wants to give potential jurors more options.

"I've never had police officers who weren't suspects refuse to do their duty and come talk to us", Freeman said. He says he agrees with that.

The death of Ms Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, caused an outcry in both the U.S. and Australia. He says Noor abused his authority to use deadly force.

Freeman said the investigation did not find "any particular person" in the alleged sexual assault that originally prompted Damond's 911 call.

The 40-year-old life coach was engaged to be married. "He said from the driver's seat he had a better vantage point to determine a threat than Officer Noor would have had from the passenger seat". The charges accuse Noor of third-degree murder for perpetrating an eminently unsafe act while showing a "depraved mind" without regard for human health.

The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years.

Noor responded with his partner that night, officer Matthew Harrity, who was driving.

"We recognize the tragic shooting of Justine (Ruszczyk) Damond has greatly impacted, not only her family and friends, our membership, but also our community".

Noor's attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said in a statement Tuesday that it appears Freeman contemplated the charges before asking for a grand jury's help.

Mr Noor is due to face a court in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Justice "demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect", they wrote.

When Noor was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Hennepin County, Daniel, a correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, got on a plane headed to the Twin Cities.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 8.

September 12 - Authorities announce that the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has handed the case over to Freeman's office. Bail is set at $500,000 without conditions.

Almost eight hours after his first court appearance Wednesday, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was released from the Hennepin County jail.

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