This is what happens when you put diversity over public safety.
Justine Damond, an Australian woman, called 911 to report a sexual assault happening nearby. Instead she was murdered by Mohammed Noor, a Somali migrant with multiple complaints against him after only two years on the force.
And body cameras weren't turned on.
Mohammed Noor was a diversity hire. Part of the usual pattern of community policing bringing in recruits who match the demographics of local areas. This isn't always a bad idea. Until problematic figures have their problems swept under the rug because... diversity.
Mohamed Noor had little more than two years’ experience on the force.
Noor and his partner, whose cameras were not turned on during the shooting, have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reports the partner, who did not fire any shots, as being officer Matthew Harrity who received his badge just a year ago.
Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 and is the first Somali-American police officer assigned to the 5th Precinct in the southwest part of the city.
In total, he reportedly has had three complaints made against him in two years — including the lawsuit.
Two are from 2017 and one from 2016 is closed and according to Lou Raguse of Kare 11 is marked ‘not to be made public’.
The two incidents we know about involved women. Including this latest one. And that's a distinct pattern. And a very predictable one.
Ms Damond, dressed in her pyjamas, reportedly approached the driver’s side window of the police car when it arrived in the alley and officer Noor shot across his partner at Ms Damond more than once from the passenger seat.
Firing from inside a car. And across your own partner. At a woman wearing pajamas who had reported a sexual assault.
“This was not a woman who would have presented any kind of threat to police. She was a gentle, loving person,” said Joan Hargrave, who lived down the street and befriended Ms Damond a year ago through a shared love of dogs.
She didn't present a threat to police. But maybe she represented a threat to the Somali mindset and the Islamic psyche.