Somali American Police Association releases statement on Officer Mohamed Noor’s Case
The Somali American Police Association (SAPA) extends its condolences and prayers to the loved ones of Justine Ruszczyk-Damond. The devastating circumstances surrounding this case have made a substantial impact on both Ruszczyk’s and Officer Mohamed Noor’s families.
Officer Noor is the first police officer in Minnesota’s history to be convicted of murder while in the line of duty. SAPA believes the institutional prejudices against people of color, including officers of color, have heavily influenced the verdict of this case.
In a statement, the Somali American Police Association says it "fears the outcome of this case will have a devastating effect on police morale and make the recruitment of minority officers all the more difficult."
— Mukhtar M. Ibrahim (@mukhtaryare) May 1, 2019
The aggressive manner in which the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office went after Officer Noor reveals that there were other motives at play other than serving justice.
Officer Noor joined the police force to make a difference and reflect the community he serves. And while historically it has not been uncommon for minority officers to receive differential treatment, it is discouraging to see this treatment persist in 2019.
SAPA fears the outcome of this case will have a devastating effect on police morale and make the recruitment of minority officers all the more difficult.
Nonetheless, SAPA will continue fulfilling its mission of building trust among communities, neighbors, and the police.
Waheid Siraach, Point of contact Somali-American Police Association