One of the local corporate news outlets has claimed the whole world will be watching Minneapolis because of the Mohamed Noor trial, if that is true they will be watching to see if the US justice system will jail one of its own. Black folks will likely not be as curious, they have a deep suspicion of how this will turn out, because they know the rules: in the US if a Black man kills a White woman he goes to jail, period! And add to that the fact that Noor is Muslim and an immigrant and it is safe to say things are not looking good for this cop.
And yes the “rule” applies in the land of the great “middle of the fencers” Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale.
Ironically, prison is where this cop should be sent. Noor is a Black man serving as one of the armed people carrying out the intimidation, harassment, humiliation and often time violent assaults on everyday people, usually Black, Brown, immigrant and “other,” in the service of the power structure. In this instance he carried the “real” job of the cops to its logical conclusion. Noor killed a woman who had done nothing to him and for that he should go to prison.
On the night of July 17 in 2017 Noor a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond a White Australian woman in an affluent section of the city. According to reports on the crime, (that’s what it was) Damond had called police to report that she heard a woman screaming in the alley behind her house and told police she feared someone was being raped.
Police responded and according to them, she was shot after she apparently ran out of her house and banged on the car to get the squad’s attention. Noor supposedly responded to the noise by shooting Damond. Incredibly, Damond was at the driver’s side window, but Noor sitting in the passenger seat of the cop car shot past his partner killing the woman. Nothing about the incident makes sense.
Incidentally, this trial is record setting because Hennepin County has never prosecuted, that is filed charges against a cop who killed or seriously injured a civilian while carrying out their duty. And there have been several cases, especially over the last few decades that should have undoubtedly been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
But Hennepin County prosecutors, including would be future president Amy (hang em high) Klobuchar and Michael Freeman, (who has held the post on and off for nearly twenty five years) have always declared the cops justified in killing unarmed human beings. During that time they have made jurisprudence history with the tales they have spun to clear officers, who were clearly guilty of at the least misconduct, or malfeasance of duty and at worst, manslaughter and in some instances murder.
What pray- tell could be the difference in this case?
Why were there no elaborate tales spun to clear the officers, no calls for empathy, no crocodile tears, for the usually unrepentant , unregenerate, unremorseful and cowardly back shooters?
And there was no knee jerk rush to defend Noor by the usually loquacious, opinionated and bigoted president of the Minneapolis police federation at the time. There was no rushed statement (despite not knowing the facts) automatically defending Noor and justifying his actions by Minneapolis police administration. Their abandonment makes suckers out of cops of color, who portend that they are all in this together,this gang of “blue lives.” Obviously the blue code is tossed out if a cop of color physically violates or as in this case kills someone who is White and middle to upper class.
Undoubtedly the difference is Noor, the Black Muslim Somali cop shot White Australian national Justine Damond.
And this is not to cast disparagement upon Damond. According to her neighbors and everyone who knew her, she was the kindest of souls, a spiritual woman who even held workshops around spirituality.
No doubt there will be the temptation by some to hope that Noor gets off like the rest of the cops, because he is Black. But that would be wrong headed. As the saying goes wrong is wrong and right is right! The hundreds of others that have gotten off without as much as an indictment should have been prosecuted as well
And besides the Somali immigrant is not Black but Blue.
People of Color have to be absolutely clear on this point, when their community member puts on that uniform they indeed may remain decent and fair minded, but one must never forget they have chosen a side. The person who puts on the blue has chosen the side of the power structure and has sworn allegiance to it and everything and everybody that carries out its will. Its why there is a blue wall of silence and the so-called nice guy cops fail to turn in the thumpers , socio-paths and avowed bigots who are consciously recruited to maintain capitalist social relations, which is a fancy way of saying, rich White folks on top and everybody on bottom.
Noor will not be on trial alone. US race relations will be on full display. What will also be on trial is the North American idea of fairness and fair play. If he is convicted it will raise questions because everyone knows that cops don’t go to jail in the US for killing people: unless….No matter how this plays out there will be lots of questions
Ultimately Noor’s fate rests on the question of how the jury views him. Will they seem him as Black or Blue? It will be our responsibility to struggle to bring about a system that will have no need for these armed bodies of men and that will surely punish those who violate the rights of the citizenry no matter who is violated.
justice then peace