US policeman charged over Justine Damond’s shooting:
US prosecutors have put a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian girl.
Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He’s accused of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Ms Damond was killed in July last year after calling the police to report a possible sexual assault outside her property.
An attorney for Mr Noor said his client had acted in line with police training.
However, in announcing the charges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleged Mr Noor had “recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun”.
“There isn’t any evidence that Officer Noor encountered a threat, appreciated a threat, investigated a threat or confirmed a threat that justified his decision to use deadly force,” Mr Freeman told reporters.
If convicted, Mr Noor could face up to 25 years in prison on the murder charge, as well as ten years on the manslaughter charge.
The death of Ms Damond, also Called Justine Ruszczyk, caused an outcry in the US and Australia.