The murder – yes, I am using that term – of Justine Damond by a Minneapolis police officer is becoming more bizarre every day. Apparently the offender, Officer Mohamed Noor, was rushed through the academy so the city could proudly announce their new diversity hires.
The fatal police shooting of an unarmed woman in Minnesota was committed by one of five Somalis Minneapolis recruited 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,” reports World Net Daily.
Since WND is quoted, take the “diversity hire” rumor with a grain of salt. Of course, many big cities have programs aimed at hiring officers from different ethnic backgrounds, so the rumor may be true…
Minneapolis police Ofc. Mohamed Noor is accused of shooting and killing Australian Justine Damond, 40, who was engaged to be married in August. The local Star Tribune boiled the July 15 incident down to this:
“… two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources confirmed.”
If this narrative is correct – and I have no reason yet to doubt it – Noor absolutely needs to be charged with first degree murder.
That officer was Noor, a Somali-born recruit once praised by Mayor Betsy Hodges.
“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” she wrote in a lengthy Facebook post in 2016 praising his 2015 hiring.
Many major metropolitan police departments have a practice of coveting diversity over competence. The prestige which comes from a departmental melting pot far outweighs the complications from incidents like the Damond murder, so the hiring guidelines will continue.
Other odd reports have been emerging since the shooting. For one, Noor had three complaints filed against him by citizens in just two years, record show. One was resolved but the other two are still active.
Any officer who works in a busy division is going to receive complaints. That said, three complaints in two years should have absolutely thrown up a red flag, but since this was a “praiseworthy” Somali officer, I assume those flags were immediately lowered.