The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime (all times local):
A defense attorney for a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime near her home says the officer and his partner wouldn’t have known they were responding to a report about a possible sexual assault.
Recordings of the two 911 calls Justine Ruszczyk Damond made to dispatchers shortly before she died in July 2017 were played Wednesday during Mohamed Noor’s trial on murder and manslaughter charges. Damond’s voice drew an emotional reaction from her family in court.
Defense attorney Tom Plunkett said the officers would not have heard the 911 calls before going to investigate. He said they were told by dispatch that there was a report of a woman screaming behind a building.
During the 911 calls, Damond said she could hear someone in the alley behind her home and thought it might be a sexual assault.
Prosecutors may introduce body camera video as early as Wednesday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman.
Mohamed Noor faces murder and manslaughter charges in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot her when she approached his squad car minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.
The body camera footage doesn’t capture the shooting because Noor and his partner hadn’t activated their cameras. But it does capture the aftermath as officers tried to save Damond.
The judge in the case sought to keep the media and public from seeing the footage, but she reversed herself after media outlets filed a legal challenge.