July 25, 2017 05:26 AM
Whether the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond was qualified to serve on the force has been a central question raised in the shooting's aftermath.
Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot Damond when she approached the patrol squad in which Noor was a passenger. Damond had called 911 more than 10 minutes earlier to report a possible sexual assault.
Noor's partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators Damond startled Noor when she approached the vehicle and banged on the window.
Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau defended Noor's qualifications in her final press conference one day before the Mayor asked her to resign Friday.
Following the police department's release on Monday of Noor's personnel file, KSTP asked a police commander with years of experience hiring and training officers for his assessment of Noor's qualifications.
The commander told us he saw no red flags in the file's 32 pages. The last four pages of the training section show Noor passed his annual semi-automatic handgun qualification; he also passed FEMA response and incident command introductions, as well as an electrical weapon user certification.
The file documents Noor's hiring and promotion to a full-time officer. Noor's applicant profile shows he has a degree in combined economics and business administration. He worked as a clinical reviewer, a hotel manager and a benefits administrator before he applied to the MPD.
The commander reviewing Noor's records said the officer's level of education and problem solving with the public made Noor a very good candidate for the police department.
Noor has yet to tell his side of the story to investigators, and his attorney hasn't said whether he plans to.
Updated: July 25, 2017 05:26 AM
Created: July 24, 2017 09:59 PM
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