Somali advocate supports charges for officer

2018-03-21 18:54


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Minneapolis - An advocate for Minnesota's Somali and Muslim communities says he supports the charges against a Somali-American police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last July.

Jaylani Hussein is executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says the Somali community had wanted justice for Justine Ruszczyk (ROOS'-chehk) Damond and hoped for charges.

But, he says he hopes that the charges are based on the "heinousness of the crime" and not on Officer Mohamed Noor's ethnicity.

Hussein says he hopes the charges reflect a trend where all officers are held accountable for their actions.

Noor was charged on Tuesday with murder and manslaughter counts.

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