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.
Here’s some raw video of the reaction outside court where about 100 supporters of former policeman Mohamed Noor were angry when they heard he’d been sentenced to 12 and a half years for murdering Australian Justine Damond Ruszczyk pic.twitter.com/QenNxhxlHX— Conor Duffy (@conorduffynews) June 7, 2019
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.
My issue isn’t that he’s going to jail for shooting an unarmed woman. My issue is there are cops who’ve shot and killed black people and gotten no consequence.— 1st Official (@Bigfish1st) June 8, 2019
Mohamed Noor, ex-Minneapolis police officer, sentenced to 12½ years in woman's fatal shootinghttps://t.co/DDFsWDLQ2P
“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.”
Mohamed Noor gets 150 months with requirement to serve 100 of them before seeking parole. Jason Van Dyke got a maximum of 81 months and will be parole-eligible in half that time. https://t.co/1JgKvczxDp— Alan Pyke (@PykeA) June 7, 2019
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.
Officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to 12.5 yrs in prison for shooting an unarmed white woman. I do agree that shooting an unarmed person is a crime and should be punished. BUT, there have been too many cases of white officers shooting black people & receiving a slap on the wrist. pic.twitter.com/qptbTnuhkU— matthias🐻 (@butta_life) June 7, 2019
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.