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Noor trial judge: body cam footage shown at trial to be made public




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Updated 10:05 am.m. | Posted 12:01 am

Video evidence showing the moments after 911 caller Justine Rusczcyk was shot will be made public in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in her killing, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Judge Kathryn Quaintance's decision comes after several Twin Cities news organizations, including MPR News, argued she was placing unconstitutional restrictions in the trial for Mohamed Noor.

Quaintance had initially said she would not allow public release of those images. "I am trying to protect pictures of this woman naked and her gasping for breath in the last moments of her life," she said Friday.

On Tuesday, however, she was the court, "It's clear that I need to follow legal precedent. There is no role of victim privacy in the First Amendment."
 

Noor is charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Ruszczyk, also known as Justine Damond, in July 201

7. She had called 911 to report what she thought was an assault happening behind her home

Investigators say Noor, one of the responding police officers, shot Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window of the squad. He is only the second officer to be charged in an on-duty killing of a civilian in Minnesota.

With the video of the video set and the jury seated, here's what to look for on Tuesday as opening statements.

• Monday: Who are the jurors?
Full coverage: The shooting of Justine Ruszczyk and the trial of ex-officer Mohamed Noor

Strike out themes

Attorneys have hinted at a few narratives they'll likely bring up during the trial and that may surface Tuesday.

During last week's jury selection, defense attorneys asked prospective jurors if they felt like they were qualified for their jobs on Day One – hinting at Noor's relatively short time with police department. He was an officer for fewer than two years before the shooting.

Prosecutors had talked to jury pool members about their experience calling the police for help, which is what led to the shooting.

 Inside the courtroom at Mohamed Noor's trial on April 2, 2019.
Inside the courtroom at Mohamed Noor's trial on April 2, 2019.

• Friday: Judge argues should see graphic video of Ruszczyk's death
• Monday: Who are the jurors?

Don Damond, Ruszczyk's fiance, will likely testify early on in the trial. He was the last person she spoke with before police.

He'll also be a character witness for Ruszczyk and talk about who she was as a person, according to the prosecutors. The state plans to call him at the beginning of his case after opening statements

Who's the jury?

They are 12 men and four women, including alternates. Six appear to be people of color or indigenous or have identified themselves that way. In questionnaires and in initial interviews with attorneys, they revealed some of who they are.

One is a woman who is a doctor who talked about implicit bias in her profession, noting that people sometimes mistake here for a nurse or a lab technician and question her knowledge as a doctor.

• Previously: jury pool asked about experiences with Somali community and police
• Reaction: Australians struggle to process 'shocking killing'

There is a woman who is a gun owner and a hunter who said she would generally give police officers who testify more than civilians and would find it difficult to convict a police officer

During jury selection on Friday, she came to tears when thinking about having to see graphic evidence Like autopsy photos and body camera footage of the victim dying. But she also could be fair and impartial.

There is a carpenter. A grocery store manager. A civil engineer. A person who works in financial services. A firefighter who is also a paramedic – who says he knew three people on the prosecution's witness list – and trained with one of them.

One is a United States immigration officer originally from the Philippines who investigates people's applications for citizenship and often makes the final determination.

] Another immigrant from the Philippines who made it onto the jury is a young person works as a restaurant host. During questioning, he mentioned his awareness of police shooting incidents involving black men. So, a final deliberations, the verdict could be decided by a 12-person jury that appears to be half white and half people of color.

and whether any of them had negative experiences with Somali people.


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