Social media erupts with hatred and threats against the Somali cop who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be in Minneapolis on Saturday night.
The other officer in the patrol car was reportedly “stunned” when his partner opened fire.
The city’s Somali community — the nation’s largest — is also under attack.
Right-wing blogs blame the Muslim officer’s ethnicity for the shooting.
Other Somali officers in the Minneapolis Police Department are said to be “nervous.”
Justine Damond, 40, was shot to death by officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley near her home.
Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity responded to the call just before 11:30 p.m., pulling into an alley in the upper-middle-class Fulton neighborhood.
Damond, wearing pajamas, walked to the driver’s side door of the police car and was talking to Officer Harrity when Noor, in the passenger seat, pulled out his gun and started firing through the driver’s side door.
Officer Harrity was said to be “stunned” when Noor opened fire. No weapon was found at the scene. Rookie cop Noor already had three complaints against him in his two years on the force.
The body cams of both officers, and the police car’s dashboard cam, were turned off at the time. There is no known video or audio footage of the shooting.
The slain woman was born Justine Ruszczyk but had already adopted her fiancé Don’s last name. They were due to be married next month.