This confirms what I have said all along about this case. The Minneapolis Police Department and city officials wanted Mohamed Noor to succeed. He graduated from a fast-track program to get onto the force in the first place. But his competence as a police officer was always secondary to his ethnicity and religion. Noor proved to be an incompetent police officer. There were three complaints against him in two years. A neighbor reported: “He is extremely nervous … he is a little jumpy … he doesn’t really respect women, the least thing you say to him can set him off.” When the neighbor heard that Noor was the cop who had shot an unarmed woman, he wasn’t surprised: “When they say a policeman shot an Australian lady I thought uh oh, but then when they said who it was, I was like, ‘OK.'”
None of this mattered. Noor could have marched into Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ office and announced that she would henceforth be his infidel sex slave, and he would have remained on the force.
If the Minneapolis Police Department hired and fired police officers based solely on their fitness for the job, and not on their usefulness as symbols of Minneapolis’ commitment to diversity and resolve to fight “Islamophobia,” Justine Damond would be alive today.
This case should put an end to the hiring of incompetent police officers because of their ethnicity and religion. But it won’t.
“Former Minneapolis cop’s behavior before shooting death of Australian woman raised concerns, court filings say,” by Greg Norman, Fox News, September 6, 2018:
The former Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond once put a gun to a driver’s head during a traffic stop and sometimes ignored calls, according to court filings indicating that psychiatrists and training officers voiced concerns about his fitness for duty.
The revelations surfaced after defense attorneys filed a motion Wednesday seeking to dismiss murder and manslaughter charges against Mohamed Noor, who is accused of shooting Damond in July 2017 after she dialed 911 to report a possible assault.
In a response filed Wednesday, Hennepin County prosecutors said Noor was flagged by two psychiatrists during a pre-hiring evaluation in early 2015. The psychiatrists said he seemed unable to handle the stress of regular police work and exhibited an unwillingness to deal with people.
The psychiatric evaluation said Noor was more likely than other candidates to become impatient with others over minor infractions, have trouble getting along with others, to be more demanding and to have a limited social support network. The psychiatrists said he “reported disliking people and being around them.”
But since Noor exhibited no signs of a major mental illness, chemical dependency or personality disorder, he was cleared to work, the filing said.
In one instance two months before the shooting, Noor reportedly pointed a gun at the head of a driver who was pulled over for giving the middle finger to a bicyclist and then passing a vehicle without signaling.
“When the defendant approached the driver’s side of the stopped car, the first thing he did was point his gun at the driver’s head,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported court documents, citing squad car video, as saying.
But the filing added that Noor and his fellow officer during that stop never “documented their display of force or any justification for it.” The driver ended up being ticketed for failing to signal, but the case was thrown out after Noor never showed up in court.
According to the filings, one training officer also reported that on Noor’s third-to-last training shift in 2016, he sometimes didn’t want to take calls, instead driving in circles when he could have accepted them. The calls were for simple matters, such as a road hazard or a suspicious vehicle.
In another instance, a training officer said Noor told a 911 caller he would follow up on a report of a possible burglar, but never did. The officer said that it bothered her that he never bothered to check the area, because police are bound to “do our due diligence on this job.”
Noor was fired in March, the same day he was charged. His lawyers have said he acted in self-defense, and his union is appealing his dismissal. A hearing on the motions is set for Sept. 27….