The Latest: Minnesota cop renewed license after charges
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the case of a former Minneapolis police officer facing trail in the 2017 death of an Australian woman (all times local):
A former Minneapolis police officer who’s facing trial in the 2017 death of an Australian woman renewed his state policing license three days after he was charged.
Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Mohamed Noor paid $90 and renewed his license in March 2018. The license isn’t active, but it makes Noor eligible to serve as a police officer in Minnesota through 2021.
Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was shot after she called 911 to report a possible crime. Noor was fired on the day he was charged.
Michael Quinn, a retired sergeant and former head of the Minneapolis Police Academy, said it’s possible Noor renewed his license to keep his options open in the event of an acquittal.
Noor’s trial starts April 1.
A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the 2017 shooting death of an Australian woman is scheduled to appear in court as attorneys for both sides argue several issues before trial.
Prosecutors have charged Mohamed Noor with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was shot after she called 911 to report a possible assault.
Noor hasn’t entered a plea, but court documents indicate he’ll plead not guilty.
A Friday hearing will address several pretrial issues. Among them, prosecutors want to use Noor’s pretrial silence against him, and they want to submit evidence from a pre-employment psychological evaluation. Defense attorneys object. The defense also wants to sever the most serious murder charge from the other two counts in the case.
Noor’s trial begins April 1.