Judge Rules Officer Does Not have to Answer Questions about Justine Damond in Separate Case

March 13, 2018 05:41 AM

A federal judge ruled Monday that Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor will not have to answer questions about the shooting death of Justine Damond in a separate court battle that also involves allegations of police misconduct.

Noor is one of three Minneapolis police officers accused of forcing their way into a woman's home two months before the Damond incident. The woman, Teresa Graham, claims the officers violated her constitutional rights by sending her to the hospital against her will while alleging she was in the throes of a mental health crisis.


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Graham's attorney, Jordan Kushner, argued the two incidents could be related, and that therefore he should be able to ask Noor questions about both.

Attorneys for the city of Minneapolis disagreed, saying Noor should not have to answer questions about the Damond incident for a few reasons, including, that it's not relevant, it could impact Noor's rights concerning a possible criminal prosecution, it could interfere in the ongoing investigation, and it would risk creating a media circus.

Ultimately Judge Steven Rau agreed with the city, saying of the Graham incident, "Mr. Noor was a bit player in this incident. He was not the decision maker."

Noor will still be deposed in the Graham case, likely in the next few weeks. He will not, however, have to answer any questions related to the Damond incident.


Josh Rosenthal

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