March 26, 2019 09:15 AM
The Hennepin County Attorney says his office will not empanel a grand jury to determine whether the officer who shot and killed Justine Damond should be charged with a crime.
Instead, County Attorney Mike Freeman says he expects his office to decide whether to charge former police officer Mohamed Noor by the end of the year.
In providing an update on the response to the investigation into Noor, Freeman said his office alone will make a decision whether to charge Noor after the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension turns over its investigative findings.
Freeman said he decided 18 months ago to no longer use a grand jury to decide charges. aAny decision his office makes would allow for more transparency and accountability.
He said his office has received a number of calls and emails demanding the county attorney charge Noor immediately; in responding via the news release, Freeman said his office is following the same procedure that it had in three previous officer-involved shootings.
Updated: March 26, 2019 09:15 AM
Created: August 28, 2017 03:13 PM
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