UPDATE Prosecutors: Noor caused concern before Damond shooting

They point to psychiatrists and training officers who worked with him

Sloane Martin
September 06, 2018 - 5:48 am
Officer Mohammed Noor (left) arrives with his attorney



In a new court filing, prosecutors say former MPD officer Mohamed Noor was flagged long before the July 2017 Justine Ruszczyk Damond shooting.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports court filings released Wednesday in the shooting death of Damond revealed training officers and psychiatrists had concerns over Noor’s behavior. The court documents released by Hennepin County prosecutors came in response to the defense's August motion to have third-degree murder and manslaughter charges against Noor dismissed.

Prosecutors say Noor "showed a reckless disregard for human life" and point to several prior incidents that raised concerned from psychiatrists and training officers. Prosecutors counter that "the evidence of his recklessness more than meets the standard for probable cause."

As a recruit, prosecutors say a standardized psychological test and a psychiatrist found he lacked the social skills and patience to be an officer. In one case, training officers said Noor "drove around in circles" instead of assigning himself to standard calls, according to the filing. Because there were no signs of major mental illness or personality disorder, he was labeled as psychiatrically fit.

Tuesday a Hennepin County judge denied a request by the defense to suppress his medical records under seal for his upcoming trial.

“What I saw in there was just a ton of red flags,” said Michael Quinn a former detective and now consultant. Quinn ran the cadet program for MPD from 1994 to 1999. “And I can tell you from my experience, I don't think Officer Noor would have been hired based on those red flags.”

Quinn told WCCO Radio former Chief Janeè Harteau must have been aware of the issues.

“I'd be willing to bet that Chief Harteau was aware of these issues. Because they're serious enough that it would have gone up through the chain of command to her to find out,” said Quinn.

WCCO Radio reached out to former Chief Harteau who said she had no comment.

Noor is accused of shooting and killing Damond last summer after she called 911 to report a possible assault in the back of her Southwest Minneapolis home. Noor's next court appearance is Sept. 27.