Minneapolis mayor more concerned about Somali community than getting justice for Justine
A week after Australian Justine Damond was gunned down in cold blood by Somali Muslim cop Mohamed Noor, the killer cop still refuses to give a statement.
And as Justine’s heart-broken family desperately seek answers to the nightmare, hijab mayor Betsy Hodges is telling her Somali-Muslim friends how to file hate crimes.
Here’s part of an open letter she posted online:
To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor. This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death is a tragedy for our city. We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It is unjust and ridiculous to assert that an entire community be held responsible for the actions of one person. That will not be tolerated in Minneapolis. If you are experiencing discrimination, you can file a complaint at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/civil…/discrimination-complaint
Hodges is so in love with her Somali community — the largest in America — that she posted her election video in Arabic:
Will continue to hire Somali cops first
Hodges, who changed Police Department policy to prioritize the hiring of Somali Muslims, says “that effort will continue.”
She made the police department changes at a time when more than 22 young men from the community had left the state to join al-Shabab in Somalia. Another dozen people have left in recent years to join the jihad in Syria, including the Islamic State group.
In November, nine men were sentenced on terror charges for plotting unsuccessfully to join the group and fight in Syria.
A 20-year-old Somali-American went on a stabbing rampage at a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minn., last September, wounding 10 people before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him.
Hodges, a Democrat, will seek reelection in November.
Fast-track training got Noor on the police force
Noor, 31, graduated in 2015 from the city’s accelerated police cadet program. The seven-month training is a faster nontraditional route to becoming a policeman.
The Minneapolis program covers tuition at Hennepin Technical College and pays trainees $20-an-hour, with benefits, That salary increases after they get licensed.
After gunning down an unarmed woman who had made a 911 call, Noor’s experience and training are now in question.
Additionally, on the night of the shooting, he was in the patrol car with officer Matthew Harrity, who had been a cop for about one year.
Not everyone is sold on the fast-track training. In Minnesota, the more traditional route to a job as a peace officer includes a two- or four-year degree in criminal justice or a related field.
James Densley, who teaches criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, said he thinks the cadet programs leave students with “a limited view of the profession.”
Critics nationwide say the cadet programs come up short in instructing common sense approaches to slowing down confrontations and defusing hostile situations.
Noor’s lawyer smears Justine
Meanwhile, Noor’s lawyer, Thomas Plunkett, wants tests done to see if Justine had taken sleeping pills, specifically Ambien.
As if that would’ve made any difference to the outcome of this crime!
“If every American who took Ambien deserved to be shot, half the country would be dead,” said one observer following the case.
“The lawyer of the Muslim police officer is now smearing, defaming and libeling the victim,” she added.
“That’s the game these lawyers play,” said family spokesman Tom Hyder. “They attack the victim. It’s absolutely sickening.”
Justine was a health enthusiast who taught yoga and meditation, and only ate organic, Hyder said. “She watched everything she ever put into her body.”