MPD Chief Arradondo: 'I respect the verdict rendered' in Mohamed Noor case

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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor and his legal team exit the Hennepin County Government Center on April 26, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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