After Noor conviction, Minneapolis shifts attention to pending $50 million civil suit

The family of Justine Damond is suing Mohamed Noor, his partner and the city of Minneapolis for $50 million in a civil lawsuit.

After Tuesday's decision, city leaders met in a closed-door meeting to discuss the suit, which is expected to move forward quickly now that the trial is over.

The regular, and short, city council meeting ended with a move to a private room where they were joined by Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey.

The Council was briefed by the city attorney on the pending $50 million suit.

Last July, Attorney Bob Bennett announced the suit brought by the family of Damond. In it, the Police Department and Officer Harrity were accused of covering up what happened to protect Noor.

After Noor’s conviction Tuesday, Damond’s father John Ruszczk remained critical of the city’s department.

“We would like to note this conviction was reached despite the active resistance of a number of Minneapolis officers including the head of their union,” said Ruszczk.

The biggest payout to date by Minneapolis for police misconduct came in 2007. It was $4.5 million to former Officer Duy Ngo, who was shot by another officer while undercover.

When the 90-minute lawsuit meeting ended, the councilors went out a back door to avoid media. City Attorney Susan Segal was not able to say much about the case.

“That’s attorney-client privilege, so I can’t discuss it. I can’t discuss anything, including any defenses the city might have,” she said.