March 22, 2018 12:13 PM
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was released from jail Wednesday night after posting bail.
A judge had set bail earlier Wednesday at $400,000 with conditions for Noor, who did not answer questions from the media upon his release.
He is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting south Minneapolis resident Justine Damond last July.
Hennepin County Jail records show Noor was released with conditions Wednesday evening. KSTP's Beth McDonough was present as Noor and his attorney Thomas Plunkett walked out of jail around 9:45 p.m.
Court records show Noor is staying with his family.
Among the conditions Judge Kathryn Quaintance imposed were no contact with Matthew Harrity, his partner at the scene of the July 5, 2017 shooting, he surrendered his passport and cannot possess guns or ammunition.
He is next scheduled to appear in court May 8.
Meanwhile, Waheid Siraach, a spokesperson for the Somali-American Police Association, issued a statement on the group's behalf Thursday night condemning the charges filed against Noor.
"The Somali-American Police Association is saddened by the charges brought against our member and Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor. We believe these charges are baseless and politically motivated, if not racially motivated as well.
"Justine Ruszczyk Damond died tragically on July 15, 2017, and our thoughts and prayers have been with her loved ones ever since.
However, we believe Officer Noor acted in good faith and in accordance with his department's policy. Our thoughts are also with Officer Noor and his family, whose lives have been deeply affected by this terrible incident.
"And yet, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman's decision to charge Officer Noor did not come as a surprise to us. Freeman made his intentions clear—both publicly and privately—long before the press conference detailing his decision and the completion of the BCA investigation. We believe Freeman is more interested in furthering his political agenda than he is in the facts surrounding this case. The charges brought against Officer Noor are not intended to serve justice; rather, they are meant to make an "example" of him.
"One cannot serve justice by inflicting injustice. Destroying Officer Noor's life is no "Christmas gift," as Freeman suggested. The Somali-American Police Association hopes Officer Noor will be afforded a fair trial."
Ben Rodgers and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: March 22, 2018 12:13 PM
Created: March 21, 2018 09:33 PM
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