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NOOR HEARING: MPD body camera policy ruled not relevant in case

March 29, 2019 10:13 PM

After a recess for lunch, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was back in court as a pre-trial hearing resumed Friday afternoon in Hennepin County court.

Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

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During the morning portion of the hearing, the judge in the case ruled that discussion of the Minneapolis Police Department's body cam policy is not relevant to the case and cannot be admitted as evidence.

Noor was in the passenger seat of his squad vehicle when he shot Damond through the driver's side window after she approached the vehicle.

He has pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense.

The judge also plans to limit graphic pictures and videos to just the parties involved and the jury during the course of the trial. She called such evidence inflammatory and emotional. 

Earlier this month, Judge Kathryn Quaintance had ruled that the fact Noor declined to speak to investigators following the shooting will not be allowed to be used against him in court, accepting defense attorneys' arguments that he has a constitutional right not to make any self-incriminating statements.

Noor's parents were in the courtroom for Friday morning's hearing.


 

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