Noor goes to court


Family of Justine Damond files federal suit against Noor, his partner, city of Minneapolis

Suit claims inexperience, cover-up

July 23, 2018 - 4:42 am

The family of the woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault is suing the officer, his partner and the city.

A lawsuit filed Monday morning in US District Court alleges Justine Damond’s civil rights were violated when she was shot just over a year ago by Officer Mohamed Noor near her home in South Minneapolis.

It alleges Noor was inexperienced and unfit for duty.

The lawsuit also claims Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, conspired to cover up the facts surrounding the shooting.

Noor faces criminal charges, after prosecutors say he was in a squad car’s passenger seat when he shot Damond through the driver’s side window.

They say there’s no evidence Noor, who is no longer on the Minneapolis police force, encountered a threat justifying deadly force.

The lawsuit filed by Damond’s father seeks monetary damages. 

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   Also listed as a defendant in the case is Janeé Harteau, who was Minneapolis police chief at the time of the shooting. 

  Harteau resigned a week after the shooting at the request of then-mayor Betsy Hodges and was replaced by her top assistant Maderia Arradondo, who was eventually promoted to police chief.

  Arradondo is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed Monday.

   Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting, and is expected to enter a not guilty plea.

   He's next in court on Sept. 27.

   Garrity is not facing charges and is back on duty for the MPD.