There’s been another interracial police shooting death of an unarmed victim in America.
Big news? Not this one, apparently.
This time, it was a black officer in a Minneapolis police car who shot down an unarmed 40-year-old white female who (get this) was the complainant on a suspicious person call in the neighborhood. That’s right. One would think that would justify a riot. Read on:
On the night of July 15, the blonde yoga instructor, Justine Diamond, had called 911 fearing that a man had accosted someone in the alley behind her house. As the police car arrived, with two cops inside, she approached the driver’s side, still in her pajamas, to explain what she had seen. Suddenly, two minutes later, the officer sitting in the passenger side – for no apparent reason – pulled out his service revolver, reached across to his left, and fired through the driver’s window, killing the young woman.
That was six days ago. The police department has not released any information, other than one statement the officer made saying he felt “spooked” and another that he thought he heard “noise.” Other officers were obviously not spooked, but what does that matter.
Oh yes, and the shooter’s name: Mohamed Noor, born in Somalia. (Minneapolis has a sizeable Somali population)
Allegedly, the officer is refusing to talk to investigators.
The media is making a big issue of the fact that the officers did not have their body cameras working. But that’s a distraction from the basic known facts. There is the other officer who was an eyeball witnesses. This should be a wrap.
Undoubtedly, the city officials are faced with a conundrum, that a local police officer may have wrongly gunned down an innocent civilian and the ethnic and religious components of victim-shooter could ignite a firestorm. After all, it’s not every day that a black, Muslim police officer shoots and kills (allegedly) an unarmed complainant.
The officer has been on the police department only two years. In that time, he was the subject of three citizen complaints, the last being in May of this year by a woman who claims to be a victim of false imprisonment, assault and battery. The law suit is pending.
The mayor of Minneapolis is proud that the department has been diversified, with at least 6 Somali cops on the job. My question would be; to what degree were job standards adjusted in order to qualify the Somalis? I doubt we’ll hear anything about that.
We certainly cannot condemn the shooter at the early stage. For sure, the city administration would be reluctant to charge a Somali Muslim because of the anticipated backlash it would bring. But then, there is equal justice under the law. Well…there’s supposed to be.
Justine Diamond was from Australia, engaged to an American.