Justice for Justine members hope Noor verdict will draw attention to other police shootings

Leaders with the group Justice for Justine say they are pleased with the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor.

Several of the activists appeared to be overcome with emotion during a press conference held after the verdict came out Tuesday. The jury found Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The group has been calling for a conviction since the fatal shooting in 2017.

The group also used the platform to call attention to others that have been in police-involved shootings, saying that they will continue to fight for justice of all victims of police violence, such as Philando Castile and Jamar Clark.

“We are thinking of the Damond and Ruszczyk families today. This welcome conviction will not bring Justine back, however we celebrate some form of justice has occurred this week,” said one leader.

“We also want to acknowledge that this is about a Minneapolis police officer and how he acted in a moment, having been trained by the MPD,” she said. “It is not about his race, ethnicity or religion.”

The group is calling for more reform within the police department. There will be a post-verdict rally at the Hennepin County Government Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday.