Police Experts Raise Concerns Over 'Red Flags' in Noor's Psych Evaluation, Field Training

September 06, 2018 09:38 PM

Police experts say Mohamed Noor's psych evaluation should have immediately raised red flags within the Minneapolis Police Department before the former officer was hired.

Noor is charged with shooting and killing Justine Damond in an alley in July 2017. Damond had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. 

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In court documents filed this week, Hennepin County prosecutors argue that Noor's own answers to questions in his pre-hire screening demonstrate that he was "unsuited for the job."

RELATED: Court Documents: Prosecutors Say Noor Showed a Reckless Disregard For Human Life

After reviewing the court filing, former MPD officer Michael Quinn agreed.

"This man should have never made it through the field training program," Quinn said.

Quinn ran the Minneapolis Police Training Academy during the 1990s. He said the incidents raise serious "red flags" about Noor's ability to carry out the job.

RELATED: Timeline of Justine Damond Shooting

Among them, prosecutors detail a minor traffic stop, writing in the court filing that Noor "pulled out his gun, carried it toward the car, and pointed it into the driver's window at the driver's head before uttering a word."

Prosecutors also point to an evaluation completed by Noor's field training officer, who wrote that "while police calls were pending, (Noor) drove around in circles, ignoring calls when he could have self-assigned to them."

In his review, Quinn said Noor demonstrated a pattern of behavior that should have disqualified him from the job.

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"To me, either one of those would have been the end of his employment," Quinn said.

In addition to listing specific on the job incidents, prosecutors also bring in several details from Noor's psych evaluation.

Prosecutors argue that Noor himself "reported disliking people and being around them," and that he "self-reported disinterest in interacting with other people."

The psych tests showed, according to court documents that Noor "is more likely to become impatient with others over minor infractions" and "is more likely to exhibit difficulties confronting subjects."

Quinn said with those details, the department should not have forwarded Noor onto the field training program.

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"We did everything we could to get those candidates through and look past small things," Quinn said, recalling his time at the academy. "These are not small things in his case. These are things that when you look at what was written up in the psychological, these are things that are disqualifiers."

The court filings detail the psychiatrist concluded that Noor was "psychiatrically fit to work as a police officer." The reason given by the psychiatrist was that there was no evidence of "major mental illness, chemical dependence or personality disorder."

"You look at that and you say, well that really sounds like a bare minimum standard," said James Densley, associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University. "I don't think that jives too well with community expectations of who you want to be policing the streets."

When asked about both Noor's psych evaluation and field training, a spokesperson from the City of Minneapolis said because of the pending criminal case, they would not comment.

Peter Wold, one of Noor's attorneys, gave the following statement about this week's filings:

"We will respond to the prosecution's response to our motions to dismiss in writing to the court."

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