MINNEAPOLIS POLICE SHOOTING,
ANOTHER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FAILURE?
OFFICER NOOR REFUSES TO TALK, WAS HE AFRAID FOR HIS LIFE?
The tragedy in Minneapolis is hard to wrap your head around. A 40-year-old Australian woman was shot & killed by a police officer shortly after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley near her home.
Justine Ruszczyk was in her PJs Saturday night around midnight when she approached the driver’s side of the squad car. We don’t know EXACTLY why Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine because there are no video recordings and he refuses to talk. We do know that Justine died on scene of a single gunshot to the abdomen.
Despite wearing a bullet-proof vest and despite police department rules against firing a weapon while sitting in the patrol car, Officer Noor was apparently so afraid of this petite, unarmed woman that he shot her.
MINNEAPOLIS AREA HAS LARGE SOMALI REFUGEE COMMUNITY
Minneapolis, MN has a huge Somali immigrant population, the largest in the U.S. Most are Sunni Muslims. An estimated 70,000 Somalis live in & around the Twin Cities Metro Area. Virtually all immigrants arrived in Minnesota as refugees following 9.11.01.
In recent years, roaming Somali gangs have terrorized neighborhoods in and around Minneapolis, threatening non-Somali residents. Moreover, Somali youth are being disproportionately recruited by ISIS and other Islamic Terrorists.
MAYOR AND POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE THRILLED TO HIRE MR. NOOR
This writer imagines that the City of Minneapolis bureaucrats were falling all over themselves with excitement when Mr. Noor applied to become a police officer. Not only would Mr. Noor fill TWO Affirmative Action slots (that is, non-white & immigrant), but he might become an effective liaison to the Somali community.
“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a Facebook post last year. “Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”
Hundreds of people attended a Police Department-organized meet-and-greet to introduce Officer Noor to the Somali community in May 2016.
OFFICER MOHAMED NOOR’S BACKGROUND
Mohamed Noor immigrated to the U.S. from Somali as a child. Currently age 31, Officer Noor has a degree in business administration and worked in property management prior to joining the police department in March 2015.
He completed his field training in 2016, becoming the first Somali-American assigned to the Fifth Precinct, which covers SW Minneapolis. Department records indicate he had three complaints filed against him, the details of which are not public.
One complaint was closed without any disciplinary action and two are still open. In addition, he is being sued by a woman who claims he “abused” her during an arrest.
WAS OFFICER NOOR HIRED OVER A MORE QUALIFIED APPLICANT?
Let’s face it, regardless of one’s attitude about Affirmative Action in the workforce, we know certain “protected” individuals are hired over “non-protected” individuals because he/she is the “correct” race or gender. One wonders where abilities, temperament, skills, experience & education factor into the hiring process.
In hiring Noor, did the police department make race & immigrant status the MAIN reason for hiring him? Or was he the perfect candidate who just HAPPENED TO BE a Somali immigrant? Where did temperament and abilities enter into the hiring process? After all, in hiring a policeman, not only is the government giving this man a gun, but it is giving him SIGNIFICANT authority over citizens.