Black Cop Sentenced For Killing White Woman, While White Cops Roam Free After Killing Black People

Black Cop Sentenced For Killing White Woman, While White Cops Roam Free After Killing Black People

Mohamed Noor was on-duty when he shot an unarmed Australian woman. But people are protesting that the system was biased against him because he is black and Muslim.

The United States of America has seen more than enough protests - those that acknowledge that many white cops have been let off without charges for killing unarmed black individuals. Now when a black cop who shot a white woman has been sentenced, observers are asking if the system has been biased. 


According to The New York Times, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced on Friday for the death of Justine Ruszczyk, an unarmed woman he killed while on patrol in 2017. The prison sentence is about 12 and a half years in a Minnesota prison. 


Many are questioning Noor's sentencing - given that he is black and Muslim - saying that he's been more harshly judged than other white cops who have been in similar and much more questionable circumstances. 


Dozens gathered in the courthouse lobby Friday to voice displeasure with the length of Mr. Noor’s sentence, stating that they believed a white officer would have been treated differently. “Wrong Complexion For Blue Protection,” one man’s sign read. 


“This case is about a black Muslim immigrant,” Ahmednur Abdirahman, 36, who was among the protesters, told The NY Times. “They are worried about disappointing the white community. For that reason, justice was not served today.” 


The sentence came two days after Noor’s lawyers asked the judge for leniency to the tune of no jail time at all. Instead, Noor, who is Somali American, was sentenced to more than a decade behind bars. 


Friday’s sentencing stood in stark contrast to other police officers who have appeared to shoot suspects in cold blood without being criminally charged. The difference in those cases, of course, was that those officers were white and killed Black people while Noor is a Black man who killed a white woman. 


In one rare instance, former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, was sentenced to fewer than eight years in prison for shooting unarmed Black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times in 14 seconds and lying about it in an attempt to cover it up. After his sentencing in January, it was reported that Van Dyke could have his sentence shortened. 

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