Attorneys argue over evidence for ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman appeared in court yesterday, as attorneys for both sides argue several issues in his case.

Mohamed Noor, 33, is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach and Australian-American who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Noor was fired from the police force after being charged.

Court documents filed in advance of yesterday’s hearing provide a roadmap for issues that are expected to come up. Among them, prosecutors want to use Noor’s refusal to speak to investigators as evidence against him, and they want to submit evidence from a pre-employment psychological evaluation conducted in 2015.

Mohamed Noor. – AP