Minneapolis made a significant financial investment in Mohamed Noor, the police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond last week in a controversial case. Noor graduated in 2015 from the city’s accelerated police cadet program, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The seven-month training is a quicker, nontraditional route to policing aimed at helping those who already have a college degree enter law enforcement. Noor, with a degree in business administration, management and economics from Augsburg College, had managed a hotel and worked in property management before turning to law enforcement.
More than a year into the job, Noor, 31, rose from a beat cop’s obscurity to international headlines after shooting Damond, a 40-year-old spiritual healer from Australia, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. The shooting has roiled the city, and police have been dogged with questions about Noor’s experience and training. Some suggest he fired in a panic after hearing a loud noise. (At least two official-looking metal signs, mounted on street poles in the city, read, “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.” They feature a silhouette of a police officer, a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.) Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned Friday at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who also has faced calls to resign. Minneapolis’ new interim police chief, Medaria (Rondo) Arradondo, faces urgent questions as he begins guiding the 800-officer department through one of the most trying times in its history.