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Court overturns murder conviction of ex-Minneapolis officer in 2019 shooting

“The court overturned previous case law supporting the Hennepin County District Attorney’s indictment decision and we disagree with their analysis of the law,” Freeman said in a statement. “However, we respect and recognize that the Minnesota Supreme Court is the final arbiter in this case.”

Mr Noor’s case had been closely watched in the large Somali-American community of Minneapolis. Mr Noor was the first officer of Somali origin in his police station, and his hiring was celebrated at the time by the mayor. Before and during Mr Noor’s trial, some members of the Somali community said they believed Mr Noor was treated differently than a white officer would have been. Mrs. Ruszczyk was white.

In an interview with a local news station in 2020, Don Damond, Ms Ruszczyk’s fiance, said that three years after his death he was desperate for the lack of major change in the Minneapolis Police Department and still hoped that there would be more attention to ways in which police officers could be trained to defuse situations.

Mr Damond moved from the couple’s house, finding the view of the alley where she died too painful.

Ms Ruszczyk’s death called attention to the deficiencies of the Minneapolis Police Department nearly three years before another Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, killed George Floyd in an incident that sparked protests and civil unrest across the city and the country.

In the aftermath of Ms Ruszczyk’s death, protesters called for a police department overhaul, the police chief was forced out of his post and the city agreed to pay $ 20 million to settle a civil case. But mistrust and misconduct have persisted, and the department, which has seen an exodus of officers since Mr Floyd’s death, is now the subject of a Justice Department investigation.

Unlike Mr. Noor, Mr. Chauvin was convicted of second degree murder, a charge that was not at issue in the Minnesota Supreme Court opinion. Mr. Chauvin is serving a 22.5-year prison sentence for Mr. Floyd’s death and, along with other police officers at the scene, is awaiting trial on federal charges.

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