MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said he respects the verdict rendered in the case of former police officer Mohamed Noor. Noor was found guilty Tuesday of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
On July 15, 2017, Noor shot and killed Damond in the alley behind her home on the 5000 block of Washburn Avenue South in Minneapolis after she called 911 twice to report a possible sexual assault.
Arradondo was not the chief at the time of the shooting, but he was in command that night because then-Chief Janeé Harteau was out of town. He was at the scene in the immediate aftermath
In a statement, Arradondo apologized to Damond's friends and family. He said he will ensure the police department learns from the case and continues to help the community heal.
"Moving forward, I remain committed to all communities the MPD has taken an oath to serve by continuing to build trust by focusing on our procedural justice efforts," Arradondo said. "Through collaboration and partnerships with all of our stakeholders, I am hopeful that we will strengthen our community wellness and safety."
Full statement from Chief Arradondo
I’ve just been made aware that the jurors presiding over the former MPD Officer Noor trial have reached a verdict and their decision is guilty on the charge of Murder in the Third Degree and guilty of Manslaughter in the Second Degree. I respect the verdict rendered.
I want to extend my sincere apologies to the family and friends of Justine Damond Ruszcyzk. This was indeed a sad and tragic incident that has affected family, friends, neighbors, the City of Minneapolis and people around the world, most significantly in her home country of Australia.
I want to acknowledge the important role and work of the criminal justice agencies who were involved in this case including the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
As Chief, I will ensure that the MPD learns from this case and we will be in spaces to listen, learn and do all we can to help our communities in healing. Moving forward, I remain committed to all communities the MPD has taken an oath to serve by continuing to build trust by focusing on our procedural justice efforts. Through collaboration and partnerships with all of our stakeholders, I am hopeful that we will strengthen our community wellness and safety.