Officer jailed for killing yoga teacher who flagged him down to report rape

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A former Minneapolis police officer who shot a 911 caller has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

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Mohamed Noor was convicted of murder in connection with the death of Australian yoga teacher Justin Ruszyk Daimond, who called police in 2017 to report a possible rape near his home. When Noor reached the spot, he shot her.

Judge Catherine Kwantens sentenced Noor to four years and nine months in prison, the maximum possible sentence for the charge.

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Justin Daimond was known as Justin Ruszkik before taking the last name of her husband, whom she planned to marry the following month

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Justin Daimond was known as Justin Ruszkik before taking the last name of her husband, whom she planned to marry the following month

The judge said, “Mr. Noor, I am not surprised that you have been a perfect prisoner.” The Associated Press. “However, I do not know of any authority that can make this a ground to commute your sentence.”

The former police officer, who was sacked after the charges were leveled, has already spent 29 months in jail. Judge Quantense ruled that those months would count as serving time.

On the night of July 15, 2017, Ms. Daimond called 911 to say that she feared rape sounds behind her home in Fulton, Minneapolis. Noor and her partner, Matthew Harrity, drove a police car to the scene, but found no signs of sexual assault.

As Noor and Mr. Harrity prepared to leave, Ms. Damon approached the car from the driver’s seat. At the same time, Mr Harrity later testified, the loud sound of something hitting the car startled officers. Noor drew her gun in the passenger seat and shot Ms. Damon through the open window of the car. He died 20 minutes later.

The former police officer, who was fired after the allegation, has already spent 29 months in jail

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The former police officer, who was fired after the allegation, has already spent 29 months in jail

Noor was convicted in 2019 of both murder and third-degree murder, and sentenced to 12½ years in prison. But in September of this year, the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned that murder conviction, dropping only the murder charge.

Upon the murder conviction, Ms. Daimond’s parents, John Raszyk and Maryann Heffernan, urged the judge to impose the longest possible sentence.

“Our grief is forever, our life will always endure an emptiness,” he said.

Ms Damon’s former fiancé, Don Daimond, also demanded a longer sentence, and criticized the Supreme Court for undoing the murder sentence.

“The truth is Justin must survive,” said Mr. Dammond. “No justification, embellishment, cover-up, dishonesty or politics will ever change that truth.”

However, he also said that he forgave the former police officer who killed his fiancé. Noor said he appreciates it.

“I am very grateful for Mr Damond’s pardon,” said the former police officer. “I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused that family, and I will seek their advice and be a unified.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Justine Ruszczyk

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