Mohamed Noor, US policeman guilty of Australian Justine Damond’s murder

Mohamed Noor pictured in two police mugshotsMohamed Noor was taken into custody upon his conviction

A former policeman in the US state of Minnesota has been found guilty of murdering an unarmed Australian woman.

Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached his patrol car to report a possible rape behind her Minneapolis home on 15 July 2017.

Noor, 33, testified last week that he opened fire because he feared he and his partner were being ambushed.

Ms Damond, 40, a yoga instructor from Sydney, was engaged and was due to marry a month after the shooting.

The death drew international criticism and Australia’s prime minister at the time, Malcolm Turnbull, said it was “inexplicable”.

Noor was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately upon being convicted by a jury on Tuesday of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

He was acquitted of the most serious charge of second-degree murder with intent to kill.

Australian woman Justine DamondJustine Damond

The trial heard the victim, a dual US-Australian citizen, lay dying from a gunshot wound just over a minute after ending a phone conversation with her fiance.

She had told Don Damond that police had just arrived after she called them to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind their home. No such attack was ever found to have occurred.

Noor took the stand last week to say he recalled seeing a blonde female in a pink T-shirt approach his squad car on the night of the shooting.

He said he believed there was an imminent threat after he heard a loud bang and saw Ms Damond with her right arm raised.

Noor said his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, shouted “Oh Jesus!” and fumbled with his gun in its holster before “he turned to me with fear in his eyes”.

The defendant said he “had to make a split-second decision” and shot Ms Damond across his partner through the car window.

Justine Damond’s family hold a silent vigil at a beach in Sydney last year

Noor told the court that upon realising he had shot an unarmed woman he “felt like my whole world came crashing down”.

Prosecutors questioned whether the loud bang was real, pointing out that neither Noor nor his partner initially mentioned anything at the scene about hearing such a noise.

Ms Damond’s fingerprints were not found on the squad car, the court heard.

She had moved to the Midwestern city to marry her boyfriend, Don Damond, and had adopted his surname ahead of their nuptials.

Mr Damond was in Las Vegas, Nevada, when investigators called him to say she was dead.

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in court on 2 AprilNoor joined the police force in 2015

He told the court he learned from a second phone call that she had been shot by a police officer.

Mr Damond said contacting her family in Australia to tell them the news was the “worst phone call” he ever had to make.

Noor is a former Somalian refugee whose family moved to the US and settled in Minneapolis.

He joined the police force in 2015, but was sacked after being charged in the shooting.

The fallout also cost Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau her job and was a factor in the election defeat of the city’s mayor a few months later.

The Damond family have filed a civil lawsuit against the city and several police officers seeking $50m (£38m) in damages.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo apologised to Damond’s friends and family in a statement released after Tuesday’s verdict was read.

“This was indeed a sad and tragic incident that has affected family, friends, neighbours, the City of Minneapolis and people around the world, most significantly in her home country of Australia,” he said.

Oh no! They fired that sweet, wealthy, racist pig-fucker, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ( you know, Jeff!)

It’s another Sunday morning, true believers, and we’re still here, you and I.

I wanted to scribble something down about the public outcry over the firing of  poor Jeff Sessions, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (that noble soul who recused himself from the Mueller investigation into Comrade Trump’s ties to Russia.  The public wailed, as though this was some noble statesman, one of the last in DC willing to follow his conscience over the whims of his authoritarian, immoral boss.  Then, Maine’s own (how embarrassing) rape-apologist, Susan Collins comes out with this statement about how the Senate must do something to protect the investigation into Trumps ties to Russia!  You know, an attempt to win back the support of the moderates and the progressives, the young; let’s not forget, before we go further, that it was Collins (who, let’s face it was “Marcy” to Olympia Snow’s “Peppermint Patty” for years) who introduced Jeff Sessions, the good-ol’ boy from ‘Bama to Congress for approval as Secretary of State.

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What a pair!

Let’s take a quick look back at an oft-told Jeff story.  As the US attorney in Mobile, Alabama, Jeff Sessions was talking over a case one day in the 1980s with two fellow prosecutors.  It involved the kidnap and brutal murder of a young black man  by two members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The sociopathic Klansman, Henry Hayes and Tiger Knowles, slit the guy’s throat and thenhung him from a tree.  The murder was apparently in retribution for a jury acquitting a black man in the slaying  of a white police officer.  As Sessions learned that some members of the Klan had (supposedly) smoked marijuana on the evening of the slaying, he said aloud that he thought the KKK was: “OK until I found out they smoked pot.”  Sessions insists he was joking.

Hah, hah!

Jeff says he’s not a racist, but the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich, who tracks hate speech, has said that Sessions is a racist, and that his presence in Trump’s inner circle was “a tragedy for American politics.”

Know what his last act as Secretary was?  To limit Federal oversight of State and local law enforcement!  Of course, Betsy Devos, your Secretary of Education is pushing back Obama-era legislation which was passed because of the tendency of Universities in the US to keep reports and punishment of campus rape in-house, instead of reporting it to the Cops.

No, we don’t have time for that today, but, hell, think of your daughters, people!

Back to Jeff, I’m glad that the evil son of a bitch was canned, and I don’t care why.  I lived down south, in places as regressive as Wild New England is progressive; I’ve know plenty of Jeffs, and a slew of Beauregards.

I mean, the guy is against legal immigration!  Google that shit.

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Oh, but Rage, we know that he was bad, but we’re just worried that this new guy will stop the Mueller investigation!

Ninja, please.  I read where some scatterbrained fem-bot compared Sessions dismissal to that of Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate investigation, finally fired by one (after several refusals and resignations) of NIxon’s Secretaries of State.

Hardly.

Trump will go only as far as he knows he can; he might be a bad businessman who enjoys watching Russian women urinate on one another, but he’s hardly an idiot when it comes to perceptual manipulation.  I could see him staging a distraction, another “Al Qaeda-Taliban-Isis wants to kill us” Orwellian sort of thing, or another terrorist attack, like the one which was so beneficial for the Bush regime.

Of course, Mueller does have a secret weapon available to him, even if he is dismissed:  the Secret Indictment.

If Mueller decides that he has a strong enough case against Trump, a secret  (or “Sealed”) indictment returned by a grand jury will automatically protect the integrity of his investigation even if he gets fired, while (since it’s secret) it wouldn’t provoke Mr. Trump (the “not-so-slenderman”) into retaliation.

To make this happen, all that Mueller has to do (if he hasn’t already) is to formally request that the already-seated grand jury (the one looking into Russian interference in the last POTUS election) issue criminal charges against Trump.  If they were to find probable cause for the charges to proceed, then a judge would decide whether the indictment could remain secret or not. If the judge were to determine that it could, then the charges would remain hidden from public view.  Well, until the arrest or once his peeps bailed him out.

If Trump were to fire Mueller, an already-filed sealed indictment would remain in force, since a  sealed indictment, you see,  can only be dismissed by a judge.  Trump can’t get rid of the whole mess simply by firing Mueller.  And, with a sealed indictment the statute of limitations for crimes Trump might be charged with wouldn’t expire.  This leaves open the possibility of Trump being tried in the future.

To the Ninth Circle of Hell with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III; but first, he needs to go back to 1952 where he belongs.  As far as the Klan smoking weed?  I don’t know any stoner (even ignorant racist stoners) who could do anything as horridly, ignorantly, misanthropically and anti-Christian as the Klan did in the above case.  They were drunk, brother-man; you know it.

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AS for Susan Collins, you know –  she knows it, unless her meds are disabling; she knows that if she had turned right instead of left at that moment when the World watched, if she could have sacrificed her favor with Mr. Trump and his rich plutocratic cohorts…

Think about it.

She’d have become this shero of the ages, an Oprah favorite, a savior of the GOP.  Hell, you know that Ryan quit his day job and came out against Trump so that he could put himself in position of candidate viability against him in 2020, and you know that Collins, instead of voting for Trump, wrote in Ryan’s name.  If she had stood up for what her own constituents demanded, what the victims of past abuse had demanded, what the young and the moderates had demanded, she could have been Ryan’s running mate.

But that’s not gonna happen, is it, Susan?

No, in 2020, you’ll be running an ill-fated election campaign, and before you know it, even Bruce Poliquin won’t be returning your calls.

She knows this too, everything that I’ve just scribbled, goes over that moment over and over again in her mind.  She could have become a postage stamp, a folk song, a coffee-table book of quotes.  Instead, because in that one instant, she turned left instead of right, she’ll become one more paragraph in history books-to-come about left-over relics from the old-way of doing things who, instead of becoming a timeless hero, became one of history’s fools (at best,) one of her villains, at worst.

So, in closing,  Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (and I imagine, the second and the first as well) is a racist (we smoked a big ol’ fatty when we heard he was canned.)  George H. W. Bush’s favorite book is “David Cop-a-feel.”  And, I finally quit Facebook last night and hooked back up on Ello.

The lesson.. or, a lesson, but a really important one:

Always try to do the right thing.  You won’t always, but at least try.

And don’t worry about good ol’ Jeff Sessions;

Are you, really?

Forget it, man.  Let’s go bowling.

Love and riots,

Rage

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